Gov. Seyi Makinde on street hawking: We can't chase them out of the street without an alternative

Arogbonlo Israel

Governor of Oyo state, Seyi Makinde says his administration will not chase street hawkers out of the street without providing them other alternative means of livelihood.

Makinde made this known during a media chat with Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) on Saturday while addressing issues bothering on governance in the state.

According to him, "Street trading cannot be eradicated overnight. Some of them are breadwinners, and that is their main source of income. I agree it's very dangerous. Our position is, we can't chase them off the street without an alternative.

"The ones removed from Ojoo, were moved to the Akinyele trailer park. At scout camp, we reduced the rent for stalls and ordered installation of electricity, toilets etc. we have to be careful we don't take away their means of livelihood without offering alternatives.

"Dealing with the issue of street trading requires careful planning and implementation by the government," he said.

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