Governor Seyi Makinde has revealed that before his administration chase away roadside traders, alternatives would be put in place.
The Governor stated this just few hours before the expiration of the seven days ultimatum given to roadside traders in the state.
State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Idowu Oyeleke, had last Saturday said the state government will from Saturday go all out to chase away persons trading by roadsides.
Speaking, on Thursday, at a stakeholders’ town hall meeting on 2021 budget held at the University of Ibadan, Makinde said the drive was suspended until the government puts in place alternative markets.
Though Makinde said the state was not pleased with trading by roadsides, he said the state government will work to make existing neighbourhood markets functional.
“We want to stop people from selling on the street. Some said last week that Seyi Makinde during the campaign said he will not chase anyone away yet the Commissioner for Environment gave a seven days ultimatum to traders to leave the roadside.
“Let it be on record that Seyi Makinde said that until we provide an alternative for those selling on the roadside, we will not chase them away. But once we provide an alternative for them like Scout Camp, we’ll take action. We will make places like Scout Camp functional so that those traders at Challenge, for example, will go there,” Makinde said.