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In Oyo, street traders get seven-day ultimatum



OYO State Government has issued a seven-day ultimatum to street traders in the state to quit the roadsides or face the wrath of the law.

  This was made known by the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Idowu Oyeleke, while speaking on a programme tagged, ‘Bottomline’ on IBR 92.5FM.

  Oyeleke, who noted that government could no longer condone street trading, said, “we want our actions to be corrective and not necessarily punitive but it is getting to a point where we have to allow the law to run its full course. Warning will precede punishment.

  “What we will do is to design a framework which works. It is difficult to identify individuals trading on the street and you start giving them notice but I have invited most of the market leaders to my office and it is this market leaders that we served to go and talk to those who believe that the only thing to do is to trade on the street.

  “For instance, go to Sango and Iwo Road, how do you serve each person selling on the road a notice per head? We have called their leadership, so they will not blame the government when it swings into action.

  “On street trading, you realise that Governor Seyi Makinde, some few months back, set up Environment Task Force and not only that, we also have Environmental Task Force Tribunal and the objective of this taskforce is to go round and ensure that people are discouraged from trading on the street and, of course, they have been working.

  Also on waste management, Oyeleke said before the end of the year, all houses in the state will be given a waste bin.

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