The Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit, also known as the Taskforce, is taking action to crack down on street traders and support other related agencies in enforcing the complete ban on street trading in the state.
These measures have been initiated following the directive of the state Governor to eliminate illegal traders and as part of the state government’s commitment to eradicate street trading on major roads and streets in the city.
The Chairman of the agency, Chief Superintendent of Police CSP Shola Jejeloye, announced this decision at the agency’s headquarters in Bolade Oshodi. He emphasized the state government’s dedication to ensuring the safety and security of residents while maintaining order on the highways.
According to him, “It is no longer news to anyone that the closure of the Eko Bridge was as a result of illegal street trading right under the Bridge that resulted in fire outbreak and subsequent closure of the Bridge due to safety reasons.
“Now, the bridge has been reopened and we will ensure that these street traders do not inflict any more pain on Lagosians.
“Collaborative efforts and joint operations have been carried out by the agency and other sister agencies like Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps, LAGESC, in eradicating the menace of street trading that impedes free vehicular and pedestrian movement along major routes like: Oshodi, Ketu and Ajangbadi.
“All hands will be on deck this time to ensure that compliance is recorded state-wide.”
Jejeloye appealed to residents to cooperate with the government in maintaining the city’s safety and urged commuters and pedestrians to avoid patronizing street traders, as severe punishment awaits both parties when caught.