The Lagos State government, led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has declared a complete ban on hawking and street trading throughout the state.
The state government also prohibited the construction of unauthorized constructions on drainage systems as well as the exhibition of products and other commodities on pathways.
Tokunbo Wahab, the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, announced the move on Friday on his X (previously Twitter) page, saying it was part of the state government’s renewed endeavor to promote a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment.
According to Wahab, the prohibition is intended to reduce the number of criminal acts reportedly carried out by hawkers who disguise to rob motorists and street sellers who obstruct the free flow of traffic on the state’s highways and streets.
The commissioner further stated that he has asked the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps, or KAI, to strictly enforce environmental sanitation legislation.