Lagos State Government has reiterated its determination to invoke relevant laws restricting street trading and hawking in the state.
According to Olubukola Abe, Chairman of Task Force on Environmental and Other Special Offenses (enforcement unit), the decision was to reduce traffic congestion believed to be caused by the street traders.
According to him, the prohibition of street trading was backed by law.
This, he said, is contained in Section 1 of the Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law 2003 which prohibits street trading and hawking in the state.
He also said said the arrest and public auction of seized goods was equally backed by law. Arrested traders will be made to pay N5ooo fine or three months imprisonment.
Olubukola Abe went ahead to advise street traders to desist from their practice. He cited accidents, litering of the state with refuse generated from street trading and the cause of traffic as possible reasons to make them quit.
Olubukola concluded by urging motorists to desist from patronising them.