Many youths have continued with street trading and hawking in the traffic despite the stance of the state government to go tough on anyone doing so. A few days after Governor Akinwunmi Ambode stated his resolve to enforce an existing law prohibiting these activities, the bustle of street trading has not disappeared.
Following the crisis provoked by the death of a hawker, who was reportedly crushed while trying to evade arrest by officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency, Ambode had decided to enforce the provisions of the Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law 2003. In implementing the law, the governor had also said that both buyers and sellers would be liable to pay either a fine of N90,000 or get a six-month jail term. Read more