The newly appointed Environmental Sanitation Taskforce in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 raided traders who flouts the government order prohibiting street trading in the area.
The group with able-bodied young men took to the action following the refusal of the traders to obey the simple rule even after series of sensitization.
It could be recalled that the immediate past administration of the Local Government Council led by Hon. Barr. Victor Okoh, having built the Edike temporary market, made frantic effort to move the traders right into the market. However, the effort could not yeild the desired result as over forty-five percent of the traders still shade their wares along Odozi street amongst other streets while others who eventually moved to the Edike temporary market would shade their wears along the market walkways respectively.
The Taskforce Chairman who doubled as Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Community Development, Comr. Friday Orubor, said the raiding exercise was part of their measure to further instill discipline on the market women who has refused to obey the government directive.
According to him, the Environmental Sanitation Taskforce team has gone round appealing to the traders to stop street trading as it not only create difficulties to road users, but also exposes them to danger.
Meanwhile, Comr. Orubor lamented that few hours after the taskforce team had left the environment, the traders returned back to continue their trade on same walkways.
Continuing, Comr. Orubor described the attitude of the traders as rebellious, explaining that they the traders would do them selves good by adhering to the directive.
“We have enough space inside the market for the traders to do their businesses.
“The Local Government Council has also taken an extra effort in getting back stores from private owners having more than two spaces. All these, are to have the traders get sufficient space to sell their goods,” Comr. Orubor said.
He used the medium to advice residents and market women to stop disposing their refuse into the drainage system and also encouraged them to keep their surroundings clean.
He expressed gratitude to the working Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for his passion towards ensuring a clean Delta State and also commended the Ika South Council boss, Hon. Sunny Tatabuzogwu, for strongly keying into the Governor’s initiative for a cleaner and better Ika South.
In another development, the LG Environment Taskforce team met with traders of Baleke market in the Boji-Boji metropolis, appealing to them to stay clear from the market premises as reconstruction work by the state government shall commence on Monday next week.
He disclosed that the project would last for 3 months as assured by the contractor in charge, pointing out that their appeal was to prevent the market traders from any casualties that may arise in the process of the job.
He also enjoined them to work in partnership with the council to clear the heaps of refuse at the market.
The women who were led by the Acting Chairman of the Baleke market, Mr. Augustine, promised to convey the message to other traders of the market while also appealing that traders should be able to get their space back at the completion of the project.