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Tackling The issue of street trading/hawking

Regarding the present situation of this suppose great country the Nigeria leaders are not helping matters,No job opportunity that will help the youth of this country to hold on to after graduating from their various institution or were they went to acquire skills, there has been an upsurge in the army of street traders in our major cities were they have no option rather than finding their self on the street trading/ hawkingstreet-hawkers_1 since they can not get funds to rent a shop, they need to start from somewhere. Almost anything one can imagine is being hawked in traffic snarls, ranging from computer/phone accessories to food, refreshments, household and fashion items. this process has lead to the recruitment of street beggars whereby people had to beg for survivor,you see a man or a woman without any disability going to recruit people with disability in other to beg for arm to survive. Sometimes, hoodlums and armed robbers find it easy to mingle with this motley crowd to dispossess people of their belongings, especially during the wee hours of the day. Exasperated, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has dusted up the Lagos State Street Trading/ hawking and Illegal Markets Prohibition Law, 2003 to sanitize the roads and free them of traffic impediments and criminals. Unfortunately, on 1st July 2016 (the first day the implementation of the law went into full force) it produced a casualty. A young street hawker who was trying to escape from the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) enforcement group was run over by a BRT bus. This sparked mob anger, resulting in the destruction of dozens of BRT buses. This ugly incident portrays the difficulty that is often encountered in implementing the laws of the land, but the Lagos State Government (LASG) appears adamant to push through this policy. We are fully in support of efforts to clear all urban areas of all forms of traffic impediments and secure the lives and property of commuters. Free flowing traffic is good for the economy and the health of all road users. The successful phasing out of commercial motorcycles and their replacement with tricycles in many cities across the country has made our cities better for all. We, however, worry about the capability of the LASG and indeed, other state governments, to sustainable implement the elimination of street trading/ hawking. In the first place, the law-enforcement agencies hardly operate after the close of office hours.In this part of the country street trading / hawking has become a punishable offense just like the way they punish pick pocket, arm rubbers, hoodlums is these the way they ought to treat someone that has of means of survivor rather to hawk to earn something to hold on to when the need of feeding or house hold engagement arises . It requires the provision of alternative means of engaging these youth who would rather “hustle” in traffic for a living than embrace crime. The All Progressives Congress APC, Federal Government has as one of its priorities the provision of mass employment through the diversification of the economy. We call for the immediate activation of this policy to give our youth gainful employment. if the APC government wants to stop street trading/ hawking, they should look for other means to encourage them.

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