From Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure
Ondo State government has placed total ban on trading along the vehicular traffic lanes, pedestrian paths and walkways on major market corridors in Akure, the state capital.
This followed the setting up of the Committee on Waste Management and in its bid to instill sanity in Akure.
The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation Mr Donald Ojogo said the ban also includes artisans such as vulkanizers whose activities impede free flow of vehicular traffic, especially on the market corridors .
He said “traders and artisans who have encroached on the main road and walkways in Arakale (Market) and Oja Oba along Oba Adesida road, Akure, with their wares are hereby directed to vacate such unauthorised trading spots with effect from Monday, January 11, 2021.
“This directive becomes pertinent in view of the abuse and brazen disregard to the status of Akure, the state capital. It is particularly, a major source of concern that vehicular and pedestrian traffic now contend for space amid trading activities on same spots.
“In order for the directive to be fully obeyed, the State’s Special Task Force shall beginning from Monday, January 11, 2021 swing into action for effective enforcement and compliance.
“Government emphasises that this move is in the interest of all residents as the beauty or otherwise of our state capital speaks volume of our values as a people.
“It is therefore necessary for all concerned to show a high level of understanding for the general good of all,” he added