Minister of Federal Capital Territory Faces Backlash for Banning Street Trading

Minister of Federal Capital Territory Faces Backlash for Banning Street Trading

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The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has come under heavy criticism following his decision to prohibit all forms of street trading in the federal capital.

This move has sparked a debate on the impact of such a ban on both the economy and the livelihoods of citizens.

Announcement of the Ban

During a recent meeting with the management staff of the Federal Capital Territory Administration and the Federal Capital Development Authority, Minister Wike announced the ban on street trading.

He highlighted concerns about the contributions of street traders, including those selling items like corn, to crime and instability within the city.

Wike explained, “Street trading is prohibited.

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People selling corn will drop their waste indiscriminately and these are the things that cause insecurity.

Criminals come to buy and use the opportunity to spy and give information to criminals. It is imperative we clear street hawkers.

Development control is a serious crisis area we have to stop.

Why are there illegal structures and shanties everywhere? We will demolish any illegal structure.

No matter how highly placed, the structure will come down.”

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Public Reaction and Criticism

The ban announcement by Minister Wike has triggered a strong reaction from the public, particularly on social media platforms.

Many Nigerians have expressed their concerns and objections to the ban, citing its potential impact on individuals already struggling with economic challenges.

Some of the criticisms point out the timing of the ban, considering the recent removal of fuel subsidies by the federal government.

One individual, Mark Momoh, pleaded with the minister to consider the difficult economic circumstances and not disrupt people’s sources of livelihood.

He stated, “Somebody should plz tell Mr min @GovWike that we are in hard times and people all over Nigeria are doing legit to survive.

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Plz don’t destroy people’s source of food all in the name of beautification on an empty stomach. U can do better.”

Another individual, Godwin Uche, expressed skepticism about the minister’s approach.

He urged Minister Wike not to label street traders as criminals but rather acknowledged their efforts to survive legally.

He commented, “Is Wike alright? Someone should please check on him.

Clear street hawkers from the city of Abuja if that’s what you want to do but don’t call them criminals or accomplices pretending you don’t know who the real criminals are.

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These people try to survive legally, don’t mock them.”

Concerns and Speculations

Various individuals on social media have voiced their concerns and speculations regarding the motives behind the ban.

Some are apprehensive that the ban might disproportionately affect the poor and vulnerable members of society.

Questions have been raised about whether the minister will provide alternative solutions, such as low-cost shops, to address the economic challenges faced by street traders.

While criticisms continue to pour in, the debate over the ban on street trading remains a contentious issue, highlighting the complex relationship between urban development, economic livelihoods, and government policies.

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