In Oyo state, we lost our former commissioner of environment in May, that was so painful. In August another commissioner was sworn in and he wanted to immediately evacuate street traders and roadside bikers however governor Seyi Makinde told him to persist a bit because of his campaign promise that before exercises like such are done, there will be alternatives
Today, the governor has successfully met with the traders and representatives of roadside bikers and he’s come up with alternatives like looking into abandoned market facilities built by past administration e.g scout camp, a huge market built by late gov. Abiola Ajimobi. He, not only looked into those facilities but also examine the factors that hinder traders from moving into those facilities, factors like shortage of electricity, insecurity and less patronage because of the location and availability of street trading which serves as alternatives to potential customers.
Yesterday, governor Seyi Makinde, after he has reduced the price…
On Friday, governor Seyi Makinde he as reduced the price of the stalls drastically a year ago, he has also approved that the commissioner of energy give a source of electricity to the market, he also approved deployment of Amotekun corps to the market while also ordering that every trader in the axis move to the market with an incentive that gives them 1 year free service in the scout camp markets, as reported by the Commissioner of environment and natural resources on a radio programme in Ibadan yesterday.
As regards the roadside bikers, there are mini-terminals being built to accommodate them. For palliatives, there are demarcations already made vivid at major bike parks.
This is a very commendable approach to solving social problems like street trading and unorganized transports system. As a political abd social analyst I believe very well in carrot before the stick, in fact more carrots than sticks, that way we buy people into any initiative and it really makes implementation and enforcement very seamless.
Others can take cues from this approach to save people from being chased out of their businesses, as street traders and roadside bikers have their own quotas which they contribute to our economy