‘Govt checkmating Illegal street trading in Aba to restore order’
The government said street trading and street hawking cause a lot of menace to traffic flow and environmental decency and poses a great risk to the life of the traders, the reason of which government provided alternative market places for illegal street traders.
“Nowhere in the world is the culture of street trading tolerated anymore, and therefore Aba traders and residents must cooperate with government agents in the efforts to sanitize Aba and bring decorum to the city and its markets and desist from actions that could lead to confrontation with constituted authority,” Governor Okezie Ikpeazu said yesterday.
Mr. Godwin Adindu, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, in a statement yesterday said, “Government is making this appeal sequel to the incidents that have been occurring in Aba in the last couple of days where miscreants and illegal street traders have tried to resist the instructions and directives of the officials of the Aba Urban Renewal Office, leading to some misunderstanding between the illegal street traders and the government officials.
“Government wants to reemphasise that the mission of sanitising Aba and reinventing the ancient city, which is being executed through the Aba Urban Renewal Office, is one cardinal policy thrust which the current administration is pursuing with passion, dedication and every sense of duty. Therefore, the street traders must adhere to the government directive to relocate to the newly constructed GoodMorning Market, along East Street, by Ngwa Road.
“Government will not tolerate any form of deviant acts that would seem to hinder the progress of this laudable vision of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.