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Lawmakers lament illegal hawking in Lagos

24 June 2014, 21:24

Lagos - Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have raised concern at the prevalence of illegal street vending in some parts of the state.

Legislators attributed this to poor enforcement of the ban on street trading.

Raising a Matter of Urgent Public Importance on the floor of the House during a plenary, Sanai Agunbiade, a lawmaker representing Ikorodu Constituency 1, complained about the menace around the bridge in the Mile 12 area of the state by traders and hawkers.

Agunbiade reminded the House of the inherent dangers of allowing the traders go beyond their bounds in carrying their day to day activities.

He said many times, the traders end up polluting the area with spoilt products, wares and heap of refuse.

He argued that with the security situation in the country, the state government should not be lackadaisical about street trading especially at the Mile 12 area of the state.

“These traders have practically set out to be permanent on the bridge, obstructing flow of traffic, leaving the bridge very dirty and making it a home for miscreants,” he complained.

He urged that the House detail its Committee on Environment to swing into action in alliance with the state Ministry of Environment to investigate the reasons for the re-occurrence of trading at the bridge and along the major road instead of the market.

In his contribution, his colleague, Sikiru Oshinowo, suggested that a thorough review of the situation be carried out.

Mudasiru Obasa and Rotimi Olowo both agreed government needed to take urgent action.

The House thus mandated its Committee on Environment to schedule a meeting with the state Ministry of Environment over the traders' activities.

The House had three years ago approved the banning of street trading while the state government established the Kick Against Indiscipline, a paramilitary organisation to enforce the ban.

However, street trading has resurfaced in most parts of the state while the paramilitary organisation acts helpless in some instances. 

– CAJ News

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