The Abia State government has forbidden all forms of trading on the streets of Aba, Abia state.
A statement by the state governor’s spokesperson, Godwin Adindu, revealed that the policy is geared towards sanitising the chaotic commercial city.
Adindu added that to ensure a smooth implementation of the policy, alternative market places in the city for the street traders, including the Good Morning Market situated within the heart of the city will be established.
He said, “The environmental sanitization exercise going on in Aba and which is being enforced by the Aba Urban Renewal Office, is only aimed at restoring decency and decorum to the city.
“Street trading and street hawking cause a lot of menace both to traffic flow and environmental decency and pose a great risk to the life of the traders and that is why government has provided alternative market places for these illegal street traders.
“Nowhere in the world is the culture of street trading tolerated anymore and therefore Aba traders and residents must cooperate with government agents in the efforts to sanitize Aba and bring decorum to the city and its markets and desist from actions that could lead to confrontation with constituted authority.”