Mile-One Market: Rivers Govt To Handle Street Trading

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing street traders on Boxing Day at Mile One Market, Port Harcourt.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike said he wants to address the challenge of street trading in Mile-One Market in Port Harcourt and therefore is working hard for the completion of the market.

Wike during an inspection of construction of the Mile-1 Market and Health Centre at Agip area on Tuesday, December 26 said he was not happy seeing the traders on the road, noting that street trading poses a risk.

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“Every time I come here and see you people by the roadside, it hurts me because life shouldn’t be like this for you. This is why I have resolved that this festive period, I will work to make sure that every promise made would be fulfilled.

“We have been running around to make sure that we deliver the projects that we promised. I will do everything possible to finish this one, so everybody will move down there,” he said.

The governor asked the traders to endure temporary setback until the ultra-modern market is completed for their use noting that it will be completed soonest.

He was accompanied on the inspection by Former Minister of Transport, Dr Abiye Sekibo and elder statesman, Prince Emma Anyanwu.

Ajimobi To Enforce Law Against Street Trading

  • Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo State, Paris ClubOyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi is ready to clamp down on traders who have insisted on roadside selling rather than relocating to the neighbourhood market stalls freely allocated to them.

The governor made the pronouncement during an unscheduled visit to the neighbourhood market at the Scout Camp, Molete, Ibadan.

Ajimobi noted that the initiative was meant to create a safety net for traders who could not afford to rent a shop and particularly as part of the administration’s long-term plan to eradicate street trading.

He therefore urged traders to join hands with the government in its determination to end the practice once and for all.

“We have preached and sensitized our people enough. We say no more to street trading.

“It’s unimaginable that some traders that were allocated spaces in this market free of charge along with you have decided to abandon them and move to the roadsides. In fact, we shall revoke their allocation. We shall start to enforce the law against street trading.

“There is nowhere in the whole of this country where government constructed this kind of modern market without collecting money from those allocated spaces.”

He, therefore, called on the leadership of the market to urgently come up with an affordable payment scheme for the sake of keeping the market environment safe and clean.

“Henceforth, you should find a way of levying yourselves so as to have the financial strength to do things like cleaning of the environment and maintenance of security.”

In response, the market leader, Mr Kehinde Tewogbade said his members would be delighted if the government could go ahead and enforce the laws against street trading to rein in recalcitrant traders as he believes that compliance could only be enforced by strict regulation.

“Ajimobi has always supported us. He promised to construct and complete the market within six months and that came to pass. We will not forget the 20 million Naira revolving loan he approved and gave us in 2013. All these are attributes of a good leader that cares for the downtrodden.

“I can say it openly that the leadership of this market is in agreement with the decision of the governor to enforce the law against those that have continued to trade by the roadside – they deserve it, he stressed.”

Street Trading: Edo Govt. Serves Traders Notice

Street Trading: Edo Govt. Serves Traders NoticeThe Edo state government has advised traders who trade on the walkway to relocate into the market as government would shortly commence the enforcement of the law against street trading.

The Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, who served the notice in an interview with Channels Television said that the activities of the traders contribute largely to the dirt in Benin City.

The Deputy Governor also appealed to the opposition political parties to criticize constructively by supporting the government’s efforts at keeping the city clean.

“The walkways are not created for market trading, ab initio it’s a crime to trade on it as there is a law on walkways in Edo state.

“So they that are trading on that ignorantly they should know that there is a law and very soon the law will catch up on them.

“We will enforce the law to the fullest because elsewhere deviants are the ones that pay for those that obey the law, for those that obey the law to enjoy.

“You can be a progressive opposition only to the extent that you challenge government on the wrong that they do not for the good that they do.

“If cleaning the street for the benefit of all is to the benefit of all then the opposition should join hands with us when we start cleaning the street,” the Deputy Governor said.