In a renewed effort to ensure a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment, the Lagos State government has placed a total ban on street trading and hawking across the state.

The government also banned erecting of illegal structures on drainage systems and displaying of wares and other commodities on walkways.

Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, who announced this on Friday on his X (formerly Twitter) handle, said the ban was aimed at curtailing the nefarious activities of hawkers who disguise to rob motorists as well as street traders who disrupt the free flow of traffic on highways and streets in the state.

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The Commissioner said he had directed the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) to strictly enforce compliance with the environmental sanitation laws.

Wahab also ordered the immediate closure of Ladipo Market in the Mushin area of the state for several environmental offences, including reckless waste disposal, unhygienic premises and non-payment of waste bills.