Economy

Ekiti Govt. Warns Traders against Displaying Wares on Highways

Ekiti State Government has directed security operatives to arrest any trader who displayed goods on the highways at Ojaoba, Ojabisi, Erekesan market and major streets of Ado-Ekiti.

The Ekiti State Deputy Governor Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi gave the directive during an unscheduled visit to monitor the level of compliance by traders to government protocols on reopening of major markets across the state.

Otunba Egbeyemi, who explained that Government had no intention to stop business activities in the major markets, told the traders that all government’s efforts were to protect the people from mishaps, and to ensure free flow of vehicular movement around the major markets.

He said that the administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi had mapped out strategies to boost commercial activities in the state, hence the need for all market women to take advantage of the measures put in place.

The Deputy Governor advised those who were still hawking along the streets to go and take shop in Awedele, Agric Olope and Adere markets in order not to run afoul of government decision to ensure clean environment and free flow of traffic.

Otunba Egbeyemi noted that the government would not hesitate to prosecute or seize goods found on the streets of Ado-Ekiti and on the road median along the major markets.

He appealed to the leaders of the market traders to always prevail on their members not to contravene government’s directives during this period of COVID-19. 

Some of the traders, who expressed satisfaction that Government had reopened the major markets in Ado-Ekiti, promised to always adhere to the government protocols on market activities.

They however appealed to Government to help them channel the blocked drainage at the markets which often caused erosion whenever that it rained.

Oriola Afolabi

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