Kwara state government has warned traders at  major markets in  Ilorin metropolis to desist from displaying their goods on the roadsides and maintain proper road setbacks for free movement of people or face sanctions.

The General Manager, Kwara State Environmental Protection Agency (KWEPA), Alhaji Saad Ayuba Dan-Musa gave the warning during a sensitization visit to major markets in Ilorin metropolis.

Alhaji Saad noted with displeasure that selling at the road side constitutes serious challenge to road users plying the route and called on the traders to move into the markets for the safety of their lives and property.

He said that people should have a change of attitude as traffic holdups result into death on the way to hospital along kulende market while dumping of refuse on road median pose a lot of challenges to the state.

Dan Musa gave an assurance that the government was ready to make the market space conducive for traders in compliance to the government directives of vacating the roadsides and ensuring that market weekly sanitation exercise is observed.

"We are here to dislodge people from our roads because marketers must maintain certain metres from the setback to the main road. So, we don't want trading on our roads any longer", he said.

In her response, the Iyaloja of Kulende Market, Hajia Mariam Ibrahim Jayeiola said the  trader's executives have been doing a lot to enforce  banning or selling by the road side and maintaining market cleanliness.

Jayeiola noted with displeasure that the consultant who collects revenue from traders has made  it difficult to enforce the  compliance.

She, however, appealed to the state government to come to their aid by ensuring that those selling at the road side move into the market premises to occupy the available shops and spaces in the market.

Aliyu Jamiu Amode
Press secretary

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