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Why I Won’t Chase Traders Off The Streets — Gov.Makinde


Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has revealed that he has no plan to chase traders off the streets of the state.

According to Gov. Makinde, his decision was as a result of his experience as a boy street trader at Yemetu, an Ibadan neighbourhood.

He revealed  this at the Oja Oba Central Mosque, Ibadan, during a special prayer to commemorate his 52nd birthday.

He said, “Somebody said that I was quoted as saying that I would not chase away street traders without providing them with alternatives. Yes, that is true because I know the mentality of street trading. I once sold bread by the roadside in Yemetu.

“I said so because we cannot send them away until we provide an alternative for them. And we have started enforcing that. We did that at Ojoo where we asked people not to trade at the point where we want to situate our modern terminus.”

Makinde thanked the people for praying with him and wishing him well.

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He said, “Your prayers are important to me. It doesn’t matter if we have a multitude. What we have here is a quality crowd.”

This stand of the governor is against that of other governors who have set up special task forces to chase street traders.