In a renewed effort to maintain order and ensure free movement in Ilorin metropolis, the Kwara State Government has issued a stern warning to marketers, urging them to refrain from displaying their merchandise on pedestrian paths, road medians, and any areas that obstruct vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
The State Commissioner for Environment, Mallam Shehu Ndanusa Usman, delivered this message during the enforcement of environmental regulations, conducted in locations such as Maraba, Post Office, Ipata, and other market areas within Ilorin, the state’s capital.
Ndanusa emphasized the government’s commitment to enforcing laws that prohibit marketers from encroaching on road dividers, thereby allowing unrestricted movement of people and vehicles. He stated, “Let me use this medium to tell you that henceforth, anybody caught selling goods on pedestrian or road medians will be arrested and prosecuted immediately.”
The Commissioner reiterated the present administration’s determination to restore order on the roads, ensuring smooth vehicular traffic and preventing the recurring chaos caused by road encroachments.
In response, Alhaja Bilikisu Elejagbigbe, the Iyaloja of Ipata Marketers Association, commended the government for taking decisive action against indiscipline in the market, particularly those who encroach on roads with their merchandise. She assured the government of the market community’s willingness to cooperate and bring order back to the market.
As of the time of reporting, Chief Magistrate Aluko had already prosecuted ten individuals for various violations of environmental laws, while others awaited trial for their actions in the field. This crackdown underscores the government’s commitment to creating a more organized and efficient urban environment.