Oyo State Government through the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources has prosecuted about 45 illegal street traders in Ibadan metropolis.
The traders who appeared before the Magistrate Patricia Adetuyibi at the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources premises on illegal displacement of their goods on public roads pleaded that they will not display their goods on the street again.
It would be recalled that Oyo State Government had been sensitizing the general public especially traders in the State to stop displaying their goods on the public roads and streets.
The State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources Chief Isaac Ishola said a lot of sensitization and enlightenment have been made for traders to stop trading on the street, saying that street trading is a violation of Environmental regulations Laws of the State.
Ishola said. “We have engaged them in discourse, we have sensitized them, we have made them to know the benefit of Environmental hygiene, trading on the street is against the Environmental regulation Laws of Oyo State, we have been arresting them and they have been appearing before the magistrate If they are guilty, they will pay fine or with the option of imprisonment, but we are not interested in their fine all what we are saying is no more street trading which is what the Law says”.
He advised traders to comply with no street trading Laws of Oyo State, noting that government can not fold its arms and allowing the citizens to be dying by accident all in the name of street trading and trading under the high tension wire.
He reiterated further that it is an offence for anybody to trade with wheel barrow by the road side in the State, adding that anybody trading on wheel barrow by the road side would be apprehended and appear before the magistrate for constituting an Environmental Nuisance.