The Lagos State government has Restate that it does not permit trading on its roads.
The state government noted that the act of trading on road medians and walkways was “unlawful” and is also “responsible for traffic gridlock and accidents as well as abuse of children under school age.”
The State Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr. Muslim Folami said the government will not condone marketers’ disobedience to the law banning street trading in Lagos.
Folami said street trading does not align with the vision and mission of the State Government for transiting from a Mega City to a Smart City.
“We will not tolerate street trading; our roads and streets are not meant for trading. Any trader selling on the major road and neglecting the modern-day markets built by government is violating the State Government laws, such traders risk being penalised”, he said.
He debunked the belief that selling on the streets boosts patronage and cautioned on the dangers of street trading by kids, saying the practice could lead to child abuse.