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Street trading: traders vacate walkways in Benin

Efforts of Edo State Government to eradicate streets trading around market squares in Benin City is gaining an appreciable compliance from traders in Benin.

Sharon Ajayi who paid a visit to some of the markets reports that the walkways are entirely free from the usual indiscriminate display of commodities by traders.

Last week, Edo State government issued a warning to traders who engaged in displaying their wares on walkways and outside the walls of the market to relocate to the stalls inside the market.

To ensure this, the Ministry of Environment in partnership with War Against Indiscipline, WAI and other taskforce on environment embarked on a strict enforcement drive of the state government’s directive.

It was observed that the walkways are completely empty in Benin metropolis as traders obeyed government’s directive.

At New Lagos Road and Upper Mission Road, it was observed that traders have shifted their business activities away from the road.

Speaking on the level of compliance, The Head of Department, Environment, Oredo Local Government Area, Mr. Friday Ebohon and Chairman, WIA, Engineer David Olukoga said the level of compliance from traders is commendable stressing that strategies are in place in order to completely eradicate street trading.

According to them, a court order has been given out to landlords who live out their compound for trading purpose to stop or be punished. They called on the affected traders to relocate to Uwa Market on TV Road in Benin.

Meanwhile, some members of the public applauded the new trend and sued for its sustenance.

It is hope that through enlightenment, street trading will be completely eradicated in Benin metropolis.

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