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Ondo govt bans trading along traffic lanes

Ondo State Government has placed a total ban on trading along the vehicular traffic lanes, pedestrian paths and walkways

Ondo State Government has placed a total ban on trading along the vehicular traffic lanes, pedestrian paths and walkways on major market corridors in Akure, the state capital.

This, according to the state commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo, followed the setting up of the Committee on Waste Management and in its bid to instill sanity, especially in Akure.

The ban also includes artisans such as vulkanizers whose activities impede free flow of vehicular traffic, especially on the market corridors .

“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.”

The state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi  Akeredolu, SAN, had yesterday approved the constitution of a 7-man Committee to tackle waste management and other related matters.

The committee is chaired by Mr. Kehinde Badejo while Mr. Fola Omowole will serve as the  Secretary.

The committee is to oversee the management and administration of the Ondo State Waste Management Authority and to ensure that Akure which has been taken over by refuse and other cities are clean at all times, pending the constitution of a Board for the Agency, in line with the Law establishing it. .

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