The Oyo State Government on Wednesday kick-started the enforcement of laws over roadside trading in the state.
This action by the state government is sequel to the expiration of a seven-day ultimatum given by the Oyo state government on the abolishment of roadside trading and indiscriminate hawking.
Recall that the government had given roadside traders a seven-day ultimatum from Tuesday, January 5th to Tuesday 12th.
Wednesday’s operation which covered the Challenge-Agodi gate axis of Ibadan saw the task force of the state Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources take hold of some wares and or goods displayed on roadsides.
In this singular law enforcement activity, about four vans of the Ministry were full of goods seized from roadside traders.
The State’s Commissioner of Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Idowu Oyeleke, who led the enforcement team, assured that the exercise will be a continuum on daily basis.
Affirming the enforcement while speaking with Tribune Online, Oyeleke said the exercise will be continuous until full compliance is achieved across the state.
The commissioner complained about the environmental annoyance caused by the presence of roadside traders indicating the inimical effects this sort of trading has on the lives of traders and buyers alike.
He said: “The enforcement will continue and will be daily until we get full compliance. Anybody found displaying goods by the roadside will have the goods seized. By the time we start removing their goods, it will serve as a deterrent to others.”