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Lagos street trader crackdown ‘will make poor poorer’

Lagos street trader crackdown ‘will make poor poorer’

Lagos, the largest city of Nigeria, is known, among other things, for its thriving and chaotic street trade. Road side vendors of all types have been among the icons of the African city.

So the recent announcement by the Governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode that he intended to arrest and jail street hawkers has been met with anger and disbelief.

The crackdown on illegal street hawkers is actually not the result of a new legislative initiative. The governor has just decided to enforce the Lagos State Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law 2003. The motivation seems to be reduce traffic congestion supposedly caused by street hawkers interacting with drivers. Read more

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