Lagos Govt. Goes Tough On Rail Line Traders
Lagos is about to get hotter for all traders using railway tracks across the state.
Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force are set to hit the town to clamp down on the illegal practice.
Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi disclosed that heavy convergence of illegal traders selling and buying goods around railway tracks is suicidal and eye-sore.
He said "strategically this unusual and very risky trading practice has led to the death of some people, especially those who were not quick enough to depart the scene for an oncoming train"
CSP Egbeyemi maintained that in accordance with the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Law, it was completely unlawful for anyone to hawk or buy and sell goods on railway tracks including all road setbacks and walkways across the state.
"The primary responsibility of any responsible and responsive government is to protect lives and properties of the people"
The traders’ side of the story is usually that they pay to some government officials who “authorize” them to use the spaces around the rail lines.
Apparently, they are just being deceived.
CSP Egbeyemi warned officials of both local government and market women to desist from collecting fees from these illegal traders on railway lines around Oshodi, Mushin, Ikeja-Along, Yaba, Oyingbo and Agege.
He says anyone caught would be severely dealt with in accordance with the Law.
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