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KAI Clampdown On Petty Traders At LASCOFED

Posted: Jul 12, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emmanuel Udom


In a move that may not be unconnected with the Lagos state Government’s renewed zeal to implement the Lagos State Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law 2003, officials of the Kick Against Indiscipline, (KAI), on Monday, swooped on petty traders on the road leading to the Lagos State Co-Operative Federation, (LASCOFED), a relaxation spot, located off Wempco Road, Ogba, Lagos.

The traders were given 24 hours to vacate or face the consequences.

The Lagos State Government had on Friday, July 1 vowed to commence a total enforcement against street trading and street hawkers in the state and reiterated that the law banning these activities across the metropolis would take its full course.

Independent gathered that the onslaught against petty traders on the LASCOFED road may not be unconnected with a proposed visit of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to open the newly constructed event centre next to the relaxation centre.

The dislodged traders lamented that they could be thrown into confusion and frustration, as their livelihood is tied to the daily sales they made on that road.

Some of the traders, who spoke with Independent, said that the KAI operatives were using the proposed visit of the governor to permanently run them out of business.

A restaurant operator in the area complained bitterly that the KAI operatives are trying to throw them out of business.

According to the trader, who identified herself simply as Mama Sarah, some plain clothe KAI operatives, issued the 24 hour quit order on Monday and warned that if they failed to leave, there wears would be confiscated.

Mrs Ramat Alabi, Public Relations Officer, KAI confirmed the quit order.

She said that the outfit is merely carrying out an order handed down to it to keep various parts of Lagos clean and tidy, and that the LASCOFED area could not be an exception.

She however denied allegation that the outfit was out to run traders out of business.

“The Lagos state government has no intention whatsoever to run traders out of their businesses, but we have a mandate to keep out environment clean and tidy,” she said.