Anambra govt enforces street trading ban

The Anambra Government has commenced enforcement of the ban on street trading in urban and semi urban areas of  the state.

The enforcement started with the pulling down of what it called illegal structures creating obstruction to human and vehicular movement.

Speaking with journalists in Awka on Thursday,  the State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Mike Okonkwo, warned that defaulters were liable to pay  a fine of N10,000 and two weeks imprisonment for each offence on conviction.

He said the  government enforcement unit drawn from the Ministry of Environment had  been briefed  on its schedule of duty and urged  residents  to cooperate with it.

Mr. Okonkwo  said the team would tackle filthy, obstructive and dirty environment, the operation would  focus on major cities such as Onitsha, Ekwulobia and Nnewi.

He said that government had given the affected roadside traders notice to vacate their structures.

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