Edo State Committee on War Against Indiscipline (WAI) has intensified effort at enforcing the ban on street trading in Benin metropolis by ensuring traders and hawkers vacate the walkways.
When Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole gave the committee on WAI the marching order to restore sanity to the walkways by enforcing the ban on street trading, the committee had no choice than to enforce the order to the letter.
Indication that street trading no longer thrives from seven o’clock in the evening emerged when officials of the committee, led by the Operational Head carried out patrol of strategic places in the metropolis with a mission to ensure that walkways are not converted to trading spots, even at night.
At Oba Market Road and the city centres, the committee officials engaged in sensitizing the traders and hawkers to guide against the unhealthy habit of displaying wares and goods on the walkways.
Speaking with the Newscrew, the Director, Media and Publicity, Mr. Isede Tema Valentine expressed optimism that the traders will comply with the order.
Some members of the public, who commented on the situation, appreciated the effort of the state government in this direction.
The respondents however advised the traders to turn a new leaf and desist from converting the walkways to trading spots, adding that they should move into the markets where vacant stalls are available.
Some pedestrians, who were excited at making use of the walkways without obstructing, urged the public to imbibe the habit of making the walkways safe for pedestrians.
Though no arrest was made, the WAI officials also took time to ensure motorists and motorcyclists adhere to traffic rules by obeying traffic light.
Reported by: Williams Babayem