The Ogun State government has issued a three-day ultimatum to traders who contravene the state Environmental Law by occupying unauthorized spots, to vacate such places or face the consequence of being fined or having their goods confiscated.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Rasak Ojetola, said this in a statement in Abeokuta, on Saturday, adding that the move-away order became necessary due to the dangers the traders got exposed to.
Ojetola, also argued that there were enough spaces in the government-approved markets to accommodate the traders, noting that some activities by traders have led to the blockage of drainage channels.
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He said, “The state government cannot fold its hands and watch this small section of traders illegally converting half of the motorable roads, walkways and laybacks in different parts of the states to markets on the excuse of quick sales.
“Aside from exposing themselves to avoidable vehicular mishaps, their activities also constitute an environmental nuisance to the aesthetic beauty of the state through the shanties they construct and place on these spaces.”