The Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led Lagos State government has announced a complete ban on street trading and hawking across the state.
The government also announced ban on erecting illegal structures on drainage systems and exhibiting of wares and other commodities on walkways.
The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, who made the declaration on Friday on his X (formerly Twitter) handle, said that the move was part of the state government’s renewed effort to ensure a cleaner, safer, and healthy environment.
According to Wahab, the ban is projected to curb the multiple nefarious activities allegedly perpetrated by hawkers who pretends to rob motorists and street traders who disrupt the free flow of traffic on highways and streets in the state.
The commissioner further stated that he has directed the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps, popularly known as KAI to strictly enforce compliance to the environmental sanitation laws.
The Commissioner also ordered the immediate closure of Ladipo Market in the Mushin area of the state for several environmental offences including reckless waste disposal, unhygienic premises and non-payment of waste bills.
Wahab said that the market would remain closed until the mandatory conditions of redress were met by traders and market stakeholders, adding that it was part of ongoing efforts at ensuring total compliance with the environmental regulations in markets across the state.