Lagos has announced its stance against street trading, declaring zero tolerance for such activities, particularly on the Third Mainland Bridge and Eko Bridge. The Permanent Secretary of the Office of Environmental Services, Gaji Omobolaji, emphasized this position in a statement. He highlighted that this action aligns with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s T.H.E.M.E.S. Agenda, which aims to enhance cleanliness and aesthetics and enforce environmental sanitation laws to create a safer state.
Omobolaji cautioned that anyone caught engaging in street trading would face legal consequences in the established Mobile Courts following the state’s environmental laws. Furthermore, their merchandise would be confiscated as well. He emphasized that this enforcement drive against street traders would be continuous, with a commitment to sustainability.
Emphasizing Lagos’ transformation into a smart city, Omobolaji stated that street traders marred the city’s beauty, exposed themselves to dangers, and posed a threat to lives and property. He disclosed that the governor had authorized a special task force, in collaboration with other security agencies, to carry out the enforcement against street trading.