Street Trading, Traffic: Govt decongests Ring road, environs
BENIN CITY – Edo State government yesterday made good its promise to sanitize the Oba Ovoranmwen Square, Benin City and its adjoining Streets of Mission Road, Ibiwe, Oba Market Road and Lagos Street which were recently noted for their chaotic human and vehicular movement as all illegal structures were removed and cleared.
The sanitization project code named “Project Clean Up Edo”, headed by the Secretary to State Government (SSG), Barr. Osarodion Ogie began at midnight on Sunday with the demolition of make shift structures. At about 10 a.m. yesterday, when the government team arrived, everybody, traders especially, scampered to salvage their goods.
The move, it was gathered, is targeted at ridding the area of street hawking, trading on walkways, street trading and operations of illegal motor parks in various guise, for the purpose of ensuring free flow of human and vehicular movement.
With yesterdays exercise, the usual gridlock which had recently become a common feature in the area disappeared within 30 minutes of commencement of the operation.
Speaking with newsmen, Barr. Ogie said the Godwin Obaseki led administration will sustain the clean up of Edo state to restore sanity, law and order.
He said the task to clean up the State is a priority in line with the administration’s resolve to ensure Edo State is one of the cleanest in the country.