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The government of Ogun cracks down on sidewalk vendors, seizing their wares

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The government of Ogun State has cracked down on street vendors in the state capital of Abeokuta.

Street vendors in Ogun were given a three-day deadline by a government task team to quit blocking sidewalks and highways.

After the three-day deadline passed, vendors were still found selling items from under bridges, along streets, and in other prohibited public spaces.

Therefore, on Saturday night, the Special Task Force was led by Engr Rasak Ojetola, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment.

Members of the Ministry, Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), and Ogun Amotekun Corps made up the task group.

Olomore, Kuto, and Lafenwa were only few of the key markets where the officials had carried out the enforcement activity.

Ojetola stated that the task force had stationed environmental marshals in the claimed spaces to implement the order after removing tables, benches, poor wheel rims, tyres, and torn umbrellas used by the vendors to promote their wares and products during the operation.

In accordance with the Environmental Law of 2004, he warned the street vendors against defying government orders to return to the cleared areas to sell.

In accordance with the provisions of the Environmental Law, he revealed that the enforcement operation would soon be expanded to other areas, including Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu, Sango Ota, Ifo, Agbara, and others.

Seni Ogunyemi, the commander of the Traffic Risk Assessment and Control Enterprise (TRACE), added that clearing the streets of the benches, tables, and other items used by street vendors to showcase their wares will allow for safer traffic flow and reduce the likelihood of accidents.

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