THE Traders Welfare Union of Nigeria, Edo State chapter, has appealed to the state Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, to construct an international market for traders so as to put to an end, the menace of street trading and hawking in the state.
The traders who made the demand during a protest, yesterday, said that building an international market will not only boost the economy of the state but also end multiple taxation and incessant harassment of traders by revenue collectors.
Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki
The president of the group, Orukpe Lucky, who led the protest to the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Secretariat in Benin City, also decried alleged attempt by government agents to forcefully relocate them from their business premises without alternative markets.
According to him, “It is on record that Traders Welfare Union of Nigeria had fought 38 instances of illegal ticketing and prevailed. In the same vein, in 2012, we relocated street traders to a temporary location to combat nuisance factors though it was dismantled by Major Oloye (retd) and as a result street traders returned to walkways and are trading again.
“Walkway trading is an embarrassment in a civilised society and constitutes nuisance to the society. We request Edo State Government to build an International Market for traders which will positively enhance development as tax will be rightly and appropriately collected as revenue into government’s account.”
“We have gone round markets in the metropolis, there is no space to contain over 25, 000 streets and walkway traders as it stands today. So, any counsel that there is space inside the market is false, we advise the state governor to inspect the market and discard such counsel from people of selfish interest who are behind the arrest and trials and imprisonment of traders who are the livewire of the nation’s economy,” he stated.