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I Can’t Chase Away Street Traders Because I Once Sold Bread By Roadside – Makinde

Seyi Makinde, Governor of Oyo State, has stated the reason why he has not chased away traders selling on the streets in the state.Makinde said his decision was as a result of his childhood experience at Yemetu, a neighbourhood in Ibadan, where he sold bread by the roadside.The governor said this at the Oja Oba Central Mosque, Ibadan, during a special prayer to commemorate his 52nd birthday.

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He said: “Somebody said that I was quoted as saying that I would not chase away street traders without providing them with alternatives. Yes, that is true because I know the mentality of street trading. I once sold bread by the roadside in Yemetu.

“I said so because we cannot send them away until we provide an alternative for them. And we have started enforcing that. We did that at Ojoo where we asked people not to trade at the point where we want to situate our modern terminus.”

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Makinde also thanked the people for praying for him.

“Your prayers are important to me. It doesn’t matter if we have a multitude. What we have here is a quality crowd,” he added.

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