Lagos street traders
Lagos street traders

Lagos State government announced the full implementation of the State Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition law of 2003, banning street trading in the State.
The Ministry of Information and Strategy’s Public Enlightenment team, in conjunction with the Office of Special Adviser, Central Business District, yesterday said that it has intensified the public enlightenment campaign on the ills of street trading by visiting markets, shopping malls and streets on Lagos Island to urge the people to desist from trading or patronizing street traders.
Team Leader, Mr. Bolaji Ogunbolarin, informed the traders that the government has began the full implementation of the Lagos State Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition law of 2003, banning street trading in the State.
Speaking further, Mr. Murphy Arigbabuwo, of the enlightenment unit, told the traders and residents that, anyone caught selling or buying from street traders will be made to face the law and on conviction will either go to jail for 6 months, pay a fine of N90,000 or both.
Also at the weekly meeting of leaders of the Association of Market Men and Women, team Leader and Deputy Director, Enlightenment Unit, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Morakinyo Akinrinade, sensitized the market men and women on the full implementation of the anti-street trading law of Lagos State which prohibits street hawking and displaying of wares/goods on the roads in the State.
He educated them further on the penalties that would be faced for the disobedience of this government policy, while advising them not to be caught on the wrong side of the law.
He also emphasized the need for market leaders to go back to their various markets and further enlighten their members on the law banning street trading in the State.
Responding, the Iyaoloja – General, Chief Mrs. Folashade Tinubu Ojo, said her association was in total support of the Government’s drive to rid the State of street traders, adding that they risk their lives seeking a livelihood.
She however called for restraint on the part of some overzealous Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) officials, who go beyond their statutory duties and chase traders against oncoming vehicles.

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