Ekiti State Government has commenced enforcement of ban on roadside
trading in Ado Ekiti, the State capital.
The enforcement exercise which began very early on Monday at about
6.30am was carried out by the State Environmental Taskforce and a
committee set up by the State government on relocation of traders.
The enforcement unit consisted of top government functionaries,
representatives of the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, the
Police, Civil Defense Corps, Peace Corps and the State Traffic
Management Agency (EKSTMA).
Special Adviser to the Governor and Director General of the Office of
Transformation, Strategy and Delivery (OTSD), Prof. Bolaji Aluko
explained that the focus is to ensure clean market places and free
drains adding that government had provided suitable markets for all
categories of traders in the Metropolis.
Prof. Aluko stressed that though the taskforce officials have been
directed to be as civil as possible, they have been mandated to also
be firm and perform their duties without fear or favour.
Describing the level of compliance by the traders as encouraging,
Aluko said that government had succeeded in creating awareness amongst
the traders through massive media campaign and immense physical
sensitization programme, noting that all the affected roadside traders
had been given a very long notice to vacate their illegal structures.
“Well, this is the first day and many of the traders are aware of what
we are saying. Today, what we are trying to do is to enforce no stall
on drainages, no stall on the street, no stall on the walkways and
eventually we will still enforce their going to the markets that they
have been relocated to”, Aluko said.
“We are going to have two sets on daily basis. We have divided
ourselves into two groups. One from 8am to 2pm and another from 2pm to
7pm and we intend to do this consistently. We will not fight with
anybody but every day we will ensure that nobody sells illegally on
roadsides again and create avoidable hazards on the roads.
It would be recalled that the Ekiti State Government had announced a
ban on roadside trading about two weeks ago and directed all traders
without approved stalls to relocate to appropriate markets already
provided by government.
The Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Hon. Akin
Omole said that the directive was for the safety of the people from
avoidable accidents, improve hygiene in market places and to forestall
preventable outbreak of diseases.
He stressed that roadside trading is detrimental to the safety of both
sellers and buyers, constitutes environmental nuisance and works
against the urban renewal and development plan of the State.