I can’t chase street traders off the streets of the state without making alternative arrangements for them_oyo state Governor seyi makinde
I understand how street traders feel, I once sold street bread –seyi Makinde
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has explained his decision not to chase street traders off the streets of the state without making alternative arrangements for them. Makinde said his decision stemmed from his experience as a boy street trader at Yemetu, an Ibadan neighbourhood.
The governor spoke at the Oja’ba Central Mosque, Ibadan during a special prayer to commemorate his 52nd birthday.
“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.”
Pledging his commitment to the educational and economic restoration of the state, he reiterated that he would not banish street trading without providing the people with alternatives.
Source Punch newspaper