Rivers - The Rivers State Environmental Sanitation Authority has banned street hawking in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas of the state.
Mr Olalekan Ige, the spokesman of the authority said that the ban would take effect from Sept. 1.
Ige said that defaulters would be fined or jailed by mobile courts, adding that the fine would range between N5,000 and N15,000.
He said hawkers generated a lot of refuse on daily basis by littering the major streets and roads in the affected area.
‘’ Essentially, this is to ensure that we continue to maintain the cleanliness of Port Harcourt as a city.
‘’ We have discovered that these hawkers are partly responsible for what we have on major roads in Port Harcourt as far as refuse is concerned.
‘’ We have discovered that quite a lot of them just sell these things to those who are in their various vehicles, and these people when they eat or take whatever they buy from these hawkers, they dump them right in the middle of the road.
‘’ And that gives us a huge headache every day, every morning when we come back to sweep the road.
‘’It is illegal to actually hawk on the major streets of Port Harcourt , but we have decided to implement the relevant sections of the edict setting up the sanitation authority.
‘’ But, we do not just want people to pay these fines , we hope and believe that our brothers and sisters who hawk on the major streets of Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Governments will help us by obeying this very simple order.
‘’ So, it will be better if they just obey this order by vacating the major streets of Port Harcourt come Sept.1.’’
He said the authority would also clamp down on people selling along the major streets of Port Harcourt, especially those who block traffic.
Ige said the authority had removed and demolished all illegal structures and unauthorised traders for causing obstruction to traffic in the city.