Street Trading: Edo Government Serves Traders Quit Notice

The Edo state government has advised traders who trade on the walkway to relocate into the market as government would shortly commence the enforcement of the law against street trading.

The Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, who served the notice in an interview with Channels Television said that the activities of the traders contribute largely to the dirt in Benin City.

The Deputy Governor also appealed to the opposition political parties to criticize constructively by supporting the government’s efforts at keeping the city clean.

“The walkways are not created for market trading, ab initio it’s a crime to trade on it as there is a law on walkways in Edo state.

“So they that are trading on that ignorantly they should know that there is a law and very soon the law will catch up on them.

“We will enforce the law to the fullest because elsewhere deviants are the ones that pay for those that obey the law, for those that obey the law to enjoy.

“You can be a progressive opposition only to the extent that you challenge government on the wrong that they do not for the good that they do.

“If cleaning the street for the benefit of all is to the benefit of all then the opposition should join hands with us when we start cleaning the street,” the Deputy Governor said.

Following The Lagos Trail, Abia State Bans Street Trading.

Abia State government, yesterday, said it would Monday, August 8, begin the enforcement of the ban on street trading in the state and advised traders to relocate to approved sites, even as it extended the operational hours of tricycle (Keke) operators in the state from 7pm to 9pm.


Chairman of the Abia State Market Development Committee, ASMDC, Mr. Solomon Nwaigwe, who stated this while addressing phone and accessories dealers at St. Michael’s Road, Aba, said the three months grace period given to the phone dealers to relocate to the Aba Mega Mall would not be extended as enforcement of the order would commence next Monday and warned that defaulters would be prosecuted.


Nwaigwe, who stressed the dangers of street trading, hinted that the state government had mapped out sites for all service providers in the city to have a central market as obtainable in other parts of the world.


He claimed the state government had provided conducive environment with regular power supply and security at the Aba Mega Mall and ensured that traders would pay a monthly rent of N5,000 and N120,000, annually, for bigger shops.

According to him, “Abia State government is not going back on its resolve to end street trading in the state. On this, we are appealing to the phone and accessories dealers at St.Michaels road to relocate to the Aba Mega Mall where a conducive business environment has been provided for them at affordable prices. My Committee will ensure that all dealers on phones and accessories relocate to Aba Mega Mall to ensure a centralized market in Aba.”


Meanwhile, the government has extended the operational hours of tricycle (Keke) operators in the state from 7pm to 9pm.


The Government had last year restricted their operation to between 6am and 7pm, accusing them of using their tricycles to commit crimes.


Before the restriction, crime rates in Aba and Umuahia rose astronomically and there cases when crimes, including kidnapping and robbery were linked to operators, prompting the Government to ban their operation beyond 7pm.


Governor Okezie Ikpeazu who announced the extension in Aba at a solidarity rally organized in his honour by the Abia State Amalgamated Tricycle Operators Association, ASATOA,, said the initial restriction to 7pm was due to the increase in crimes linked to the operators.


The Governor, however, tasked operators to get rid of the bad eggs among them, promising that government would stop the imposition of multiple levies on the union.

Gov. Ambode Orders Enforcement Of Law Prohibiting Street Trading, Begging

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday directed the Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Other Special Offences to carry out full enforcement of the law restricting street trading in the metropolis. The Governor, in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello,  expressed concern about the resurgence of street trading in major areas of the state, noting that not only do they constitute environmental nuisance, but also pose security threat to citizens.

He said there is an existing law in the state prohibiting street trading, urging those interested in doing business to seek for space in the various modern markets redeveloped by the state government to enhance business activities.

“At the State Security Council Meeting on July 7, it was resolved that the act of street trading that has continued to hamper free flow of traffic on Lagos roads which further constitutes nuisance and security threat to law abiding citizens will no longer be tolerated”.

“Therefore, street traders and buyers will henceforth be arrested and prosecuted. The Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences has been mandated to ensure the Law of the State against street trading is enforced to the letter”, the Governor said.

He said that all security agencies have resolved to beef up security in the State so as to ensure that it remains safe for citizens and investors alike.

He also urged residents in the state not to encourage the trend by patronizing them, saying in doing so, they indirectly aid and abet crime.

Governor Ambode also frowned at the prevalence of street begging, saying that some unscrupulous persons hide under the guise of seeking alms to rob unsuspecting members of the public. To this end, he said efforts will be made to rid the state of street beggars and destitutes.

“We’ve had security reports on the activities of persons who pose as beggars, especially in traffic, but their sole aim is to perpetrate evil. We are putting a search light on this trend and one way to do that is to ensure that we take preemptive measures to forestall this development”, the Governor said.