The Cross River State government on Thursday banned the hawking of corn and various wares on major highways, especially the Murtala Mohammed Highway in Calabar.
The ban was contained in a statement signed by Mr Tony Adinye, Chairman, Cross River Pollution Control Agency.
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The chairman said the agency noticed with displeasure, the unwholesome activities of hawkers of various wares, especially corn sellers along the Murtala Mohammed Highway and major streets in the Calabar metropolis.
Adinye said in a bid to urgently sanitise the metropolis of every form of environmental pollution and bring decency to the aesthetic of the state, hawkers and corn sellers had been instructed to relocate to interior streets on or before August 1.
He warned that failure to comply would be met with arrest and severe sanctions.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Calabar, one-time the cleanest city in Nigeria, has, in the last few months become a shadow of itself with overflowing refuse bins at different points in the metropolis. (NAN)