This decision which was aired on a live programme on TVC [Television Continental] was triggered by the death of Lagos hawker who was trying to escape arrest from the KAI [Kick Against Indiscipline]in Maryland bus stop, Lagos.
Nigerians on Twitter react to the renewed hawkers policy
The Lagos Hawkers policy has been a topic of controversy since Akinwunmi Ambode, the Governor of Lagos state re-enforced the 2003 law on street trading and hawking.
Ambodestated that the enforcement of this law was part of its strategy to create a mega metropolitan city and eliminate traffic in Lagos state.
The renewed enforcement law is in line with the Section One of the Lagos State Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law. This means all buyers and sellers of roadside items would be charged to six months in jail or are liable to pat N90,000 Naira only.
“It is not in our DNA to allow someone to just die by road accident or the way it happened in respect of the incident. But beyond the fact that we lost one person while crossing the road as a result of evading arrest by KAI officials, I need to tell Lagosians that over 49 buses were actually destroyed and it is costing us like almost N139m to put those buses back on the road.
The governor added that the state executive council consequently resolved to enforce the law, which according to him, makes hawkers and buyers liable of the offence.
“The issue is we need to enforce our laws because we already have a law in respect of that and then there is a clause in it which says the buyer and the seller are both liable and that we are going to fine them either N90, 000 or a six month jail term.
“What we are doing on traffic is that we are introducing new strategies to eliminate traffic, but Lagos, being a cosmopolitan city, you cannot totally eliminate it but now this is the case, in the next few days, you will see on the street of Lagos signs that will be warning you that buyers and hawkers should be aware that there are consequences," Ambode stated.
Nigerians have taken Twitter to express their opinions on the new enforced policy.
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