Lagos State Government, on Friday, stated that all the illegal street traders dispersed from the roads in Oyingbo must relocate to the main market.
A statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, said the illegal street traders created traffic bottlenecks and impeded the free flow of traffic, charging Oyingbo market leaders to meet the Chairman of Lagos Mainland Local Government immediately to fashion out ways of accommodating the street traders in the main market.
While warning that the State Government would no longer condone the excesses of traders who had abandoned the market for the streets, Bello said the activities of traders impeding traffic was unacceptable, thus the government was left with no other option but to clamp down on those who slow down other road users and also litter the roads with refuse.
Bello maintained that despite several warnings, the traders had continued to litter the market, the streets and refused to patronise PSP operators.
The Commissioner said that rather than waste time to plead or appeal to the State government, the traders and their leaders should adopt corrective measures by desisting from street trading and patronising PSP operators.
He disclosed that operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps, LAGESC, had been drafted to the market and the adjoining streets with standing instructions to arrest any street trader found within the vicinity, warning that any operative found collaborating with street traders would face stern disciplinary measures.
He also warned street traders in other areas like Marina, Agege, Mushin, Alimosho and Obalende that the massive enforcement exercise would soon extend to their domain.