Jos Explosions: Plateau set to enforce ban on street trading

The ban is in reaction to a bomb explosion in the area in May.

The Plateau State government said it has concluded arrangements for the full implementation of the ban on street trading and hawking on streets within Terminus Market, and some parts of the Jos city centre.

The ban is in reaction to twin bomb explosion in the area in May that led to the death of about 200 people.

The State Commissioner for Information, Olivia Dazyam, made the government’s position known to journalists in Jos on Thursday.

The ban, according to the Information Commissioner, would also affect motorists plying and parking within the designated areas.

“Government and security chiefs met with leaders of traders association and the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, on the 25th of June 2014. At the meeting, it was resolved that streets within the Jos city centre should be cleared of illegal traders, hawkers, motor parks and indiscriminate parking of vehicles be stopped,” she said.

“Operators of illegal motor parks, illegal traders, and motorist engaged in illegal parking, particularly around the Terminus area down to Plateau riders, Ahmadu Bello Way, Tafawa Belewa Street, ECWA Good News, Old Bukuru Park, Murtala Mohammed Way, Rwang Pam Street, and Gengare Road, are strongly advised to comply.”

The government action will also affect legitimate business owners within the areas, because, they would not be allowed to park cars around their businesses.

Mrs. Dazyam stated that shop owners along the mentioned areas and other motorists were advised to find alternative areas to park.

She said a government taskforce would kick start the enforcement.

Mrs. Dazyam said government was enforcing the ban to ensure adequate security.

“This measure is to ensure the maximum safety of our people. The security of our people is paramount to government. We will not allow a repeat of what happened on the 20th of May at the Terminus Market,” she said.

According to Mrs. Dazyam, the gesture was to ensure better security management and also decongest the state capital, Jos.

She said the Nigeria Police have been given the mandate to inform the public on the government’s plans.

With the development, employees of “park and pay” firms may lose their jobs, since parking within the business areas have been prohibited.

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