The Lagos State Government has decided to ban all street selling, effective immediately, The Vanguard reports.
"This administration is set to make the trade unprofitable, as both both the street traders and buyers will be prosecuted under this renewed policy," Commissioner for Environment Tunji Bello, told the paper.
It's a strange thing: the Lagos State Government seems to believe that street selling in the root of all evil." At the same time, the article notes, Commissioner Bello and others in power admit that people must trade to survive and make a living in Lagos.
The government seems to want to punish the people for being in need. This is very Victorian stuff and will help destroy the urban fabric of Lagos.