Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday, revealed plans to sweep the state clean of street trading and hawking, prohibiting residents of the state from also buying in such manners.
Ambode said this while on a TVC live program, that the renewal of the law enforcement was in line with Lagos State Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law Section One of the State Act 2003.
“It is not in our DNA to allow someone to just die by road accident or the way it happened in respect of the incident. But beyond the fact that we lost one person while crossing the road as a result of evading arrest by KAI officials, I need to tell Lagosians that over 49 buses were actually destroyed and it is costing us like almost N139m to put those buses back on the road.” Ambode said
“The state executive council has resolved to enforce the law, which prohibits hawkers and buyers and makes them liable of the offense, we have also concluded plans to roll out a campaign which would warn motorists and hawkers of the restrictions and the penalty for defaulting.”
He sympathizes with the family of a street hawker who got knocked down by a truck while trying to evade arrest from officials of Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) along Maryland Bus stop on Wednesday, the Governor regretted that the situation led to the destruction of public assets.
“The issue is we need to enforce our laws because we already have a law in respect of that and then there is a clause in it which says the buyer and the seller are both liable and that we are going to fine them either N90, 000 or a six month jail term.
“What we are doing on traffic is that we are introducing new strategies to eliminate traffic, but Lagos, being a cosmopolitan city, you cannot totally eliminate it but now this is the case, in the next few days, you will see on the street of Lagos signs that will be warning you that buyers and hawkers should be aware that there are consequences.” Ambode added