The Lagos State government has banned street selling, but vendors are still out there, The Daily Champion (via allAfrica.com) reports.
"Items on display include vehicle parts, shoes, soft drinks, sachet and bottled water, confectioneries and household items like cutleries and beddings," the paper reports.
"I and my children must eat," one street trader told the paper. "I have to pay their school fees and also pay house rent."
It is truly outrageous that, with all the issues facing Lagos, Governor Babatunde Fashola has chosen to wage war against hawkers and street vendors. These street sellers are not criminals. They are hard working citizens. Just what does the governor think this misguided policy will achieve? How about working with street traders to achieve rational objectives, like lessening traffic jams, while allowing people who need to make a living to keep working.
I will be in Lagos later this week (this will be my 4th trip to Nigeria's commercial capital...it is the place I've been in most over the past two years, aside from my home town of New York) and will blog more about this once I am on the ground.