The Akwa Ibom State government is set to commence enforcement of order to curb roadside trading and loading of vehicles.

The Akwa Ibom State, Governor Udom Emmanuel has directed the Commissioner of Transport, Uno Etim Uno and his Environment and Solid Minerals counterpart, Mr. Charles Udoh to begin enforcement of state government order to curb the menace of illegal roadside trading and loading of vehicles which, has continued to constitute a nuisance to road users during rush hours.

During the state executive council meeting on Wednesday, the governor handed the mandate over to the Commissioners.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Ini Ememobong in a statement, on Thursday, said the affected ministries were to ensure that all illegal markets and loading of vehicles that have obstructed the free flow of traffic during rush hours were removed.

The statement reads: “The Executive Council has declared the commencement of enforcement of state government order to curb the menace of illegal roadside trading and loading of vehicles which, has continued to constitute a nuisance to road users during rush hours.

“The Governor, in his leniency, had provided two weeks moratorium for necessary sensitization after the initial sounding of the order and has now directed the immediate commencement of enforcement by the relevant government agencies.

“The Council charged the Commissioner for Transport and the Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals to ensure free flow of traffic, by way of ensuring that illegal markets on major roads and illegal bus stops are removed.”

The Information Commissioner expressed that all illegal tenants demanding relocation have no case because they are illegal tenants

“The issue of relocation has been that which a lot of people ask, but people must know that for relocation to occur, you must have been a legal tenant. A person who is an illegal tenant does not expect a quit notice”, the statement added.

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