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The Ekiti State Government has cautioned traders against street trading in the State.

Ekiti News reports that street trading has long been a cause for concern in the State, exacerbating issues such as traffic congestion, accidents, improper waste disposal, and unhealthy competition among traders vying for customers. The environmental repercussions are dire, with improper waste disposal leading to flooding during rainfall, and flooding contributing to road deterioration.

Ekiti State Commissioner for Information, Rt. Hon. Taiwo Olatunbosun, in a stern warning issued last week cautioned traders across the state against street trading, particularly in Ado Ekiti.

Rt. Hon. Olatunbosun emphasised the dangers posed by this illegal activity, citing its detrimental effects on traffic flow, waste management, and the potential for tragic accidents.

The Commissioner stated that the government in response to these pressing issues, has taken proactive measures to curb street trading and to decongest the main Oja Oba, Oja Bisi and Okesha markets by constructing modern market facilities across Ado Ekiti, including the Agric Olope market, Awedele off Iyin road, and the Tosin Aluko market along Ikere road.

He said the new markets boast proper sanitation facilities, well-maintained access roads, and enhanced security measures, offering traders a safer and more conducive environment.

Rt. Hon. Olatunbosun, therefore, urged street traders to relocate from hazardous street locations to these more comfortable environments.

Emphasising the Government’s commitment to enforcing compliance with environmental regulations, the commissioner warned that officials would regularly monitor markets to ensure proper sanitation standards are upheld and culprits found violating these regulations will face prosecution per Ekiti State environmental laws.

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