The government of Oyo State has given roadside traders across the state seven days to vacate.
The Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Dr Idowu Oyeleke, on Tuesday gave the order while sensitising roadside traders at Challenge, Molete under-bridge, Eleyele and Ringroad market in Ibadan.
Oyeleke while addressing said, the affected traders have until January 12, to vacate the roadsides adding, “erring traders will face the wrath of the law after the expiration of the deadline.”
The commissioner said that the present administration in the state had zero tolerance for street trading due to the hazards associated with the practice.
He said roadside trading was detrimental to the safety of both the buyer and trader, adding that “the practice constitutes environmental nuisance.
“There have been reports of trailers and other vehicles losing control and killing roadside traders in Ibadan metropolis and other parts of the state,“ he said.
Oyeleke urged all and sundry to embrace the ‘Clean and Green Initiative’ to add aesthetics to the roads.
He said that Gov Seyi Makinde fulfilling his promise did not get rid of trading or market on major roads in the state until alternative spaces and shops were provided.
Alternative spaces such as the Scout Camp at Challenge in Ibadan and neighbourhood markets across the states were made available for the traders to occupy free of charge, he said.