A Magistrate Court sitting in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital, has sentenced 45 traders to two months imprisonment over illegal street trading.
The traders who appeared before Magistrate Patricia Olasunbo Adetuyibi at the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources premises on illegal placement of their goods on public roads were prosecuted under Section 2, Sub-Section 14 of the Oyo State Solid Waste Management Offences, Fines and Sanctions.
The Magistrate however handed the traders an option of fine ranging from N5,000 to N10,000 by Magistrate Adetuyibi.
It would be recalled that Oyo State Government had been sensitizing the general public especially traders in the State to stop displaying their goods on the public roads and streets.
The State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources Chief Isaac Ishola said adequate sensitization and enlightenment have been made to stop street trading, saying that street trading is an act of violating the Environmental regulations Laws of the State.
Ishola said, “We have engaged them on this cause, we have sensitized them, we have made them realise the benefit of Environmental hygiene. Trading on the street is against the Environmental regulation Laws of Oyo State, we have made series of arrests and appearances before the magistrate. If they are guilty, the court will sentence them to prison or an option of fine, but we are not really interested in their fines but compliance to no street trading. In essence, all what we are saying is no more street trading which is what the Law says”.