Oyo State Government has warned that street trading would no longer be tolerated, just as it has prosecuted about 45 illegal street traders in Ibadan metropolis.
Chief Isaac Ishola, the State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, who announced in Ibadan, noted that the state government had put adequate measures in place to prevent flooding in the state.
He said that dredging has begun on some major streams while blocked drainages are being cleared across the state.
The traders, who appeared before Magistrate Patricia Olasunbo Adetuyibi at the ministry’s premises for the illegally displaying their goods on public roads, were prosecuted under Section 2, Sub-Section 14 of the Oyo State Solid Waste Management Offences, Fines and Sanctions.
They pleaded for leniency and promised not to display their goods on the street again.
The convicts were, however, sentenced to two months imprisonment with an option of a fine, ranging from N5,000 to N10,000 by Magistrate Adetuyibi.
The Renaissance recalls that the state government had been sensitising the general public, especially traders, on the need to stop displaying their goods on the public roads and streets.
Ishola said adequate sensitisation and enlightenment have been made to stem street trading, saying that street trading is an act of violating the environmental regulations laws of the state.
“We have engaged them on this matter, we have sensitised them, we have made them realise the benefit of environmental hygiene.
“Street trading is against the Environmental Regulation Laws of Oyo State. We have made a series of arrests and appearances before the magistrate.
“If they are guilty, the court will sentence them to prison or an option of fine, but we are not really interested in their fines but compliance to ‘no street trading’,” he said.
The commissioner advised the traders to comply with the no street trading Laws of Oyo State, saying that the government could not fold its arms and allow the citizens to lose their lives all in the name of street trading and trading under high tension cables.
He reiterated that it was an offence for anybody to trade with wheelbarrow by the roadside in the state, adding that anybody found to be trading in the wheelbarrow, would be apprehended and prosecuted for constituting an Environmental Nuisance.
By Our Correspondent