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Cross River gives street traders seven says to relocate

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Cross River State has given traders selling along the roads and owners of illegal structures in the streets of Calabar seven days to relocate.

The Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Mfon Bassey, gave the ultimatum yesterday during an inspection tour around the Watt Market, Hewett Street, Stadium Road, and MCC Junction.

While addressing the traders at different points, he pleaded with them to relocate their businesses to Maria or Watt Market to avoid embarrassment or loss.

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He said the state government was committed to achieving a clean and green environment, which the city was known for.

Bassey frowned on the traffic jam along the Watt Market due to the activities of the road-side sellers whom he said had voluntarily left the market space to occupy the road.

According to him, the ministry had earlier given a warning on December 27, 2019, asking them to remove all illegal structures, shanties, and containers off the road.

The commissioner also advised them to remove all illegal structures erected on the drainage system to avoid flooding during the rainy season.

He promised to transform the state into a cleaner and warm environment that would attract investors and promote the industrialisation drive of Governor Ben Ayade.

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