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Roadside trading: Bayelsa govt warns traders, reels out sanctions

In order to curtail incessant traffic blocks as well as clashes on the roads in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, the state government has urged traders…

In order to curtail incessant traffic blocks as well as clashes on the roads in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, the state government has urged traders in different markets to stop displaying their goods on the road and make use of the space inside the markets.

Bayelsa State Volunteer Security Outfit and Vigilante Services, the state government security outfits that carried out sensitisation yesterday against roadside trading at Tombia, Swali and other markets in the state capital, warned traders that there will be stiff penalties for those who flout government directives.

Speaking during the sensitisation, the Coordinator of Bayelsa Volunteers, Chief Oyinkuro Lucky Asanakpo, urged market men and women to desist from displaying their goods on roadside to avert road obstruction and in order not to deface the city. 

He added that the state government has invested so much in infrastructure in the city and in markets across the state.

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He said the state security outfits are working in line with the directive of Governor Douye Diri, and Brig. Eric Angaye (rtd), Coordinator of the Community Safety Corps, to curb roadside trading in the state.

He hinted that the activities of market men and women including some tricycle drivers affect the free flow of traffic and going forward the act will not be condoned as defaulters will be severely dealt with in accordance with the law.

Governor Douye Diri had shortly after assumption of office in 2020 ordered for the demolition of illegal structures across the markets and other places where roadside trading was being carried out to discharge the practice among traders 

 

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