The state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Prince Solagbade Amodeni who led the enforcement squad of the ministry to the area while fielding questions from some journalists affirmed that they have been on ground since the previous night to ensure full compliance.
“Usually their is a monthly prayer programme in this environment called Koseunti that comes up every first day of the month. The programme has been on for about almost fifty years, but in the last ten years, people has turned the whole area to market place causing accident, traffic jams, giving avenue for miscreants to steal and the whole place always littered with dirt giving the residents much work to do.”
“If you come here last month of February, you cannot even stay here, everywhere was full of different items, for motorcycle to even pass became difficult let alone vehicular movements. They have constituted themselves to menace in this environment.”
“Accident occurred here at this junction, residents of this area find it difficult to access their properties, we want to correct the wrong and make it acceptable”,He said.
The Commissioner who posited that they have sensitised the people physically and through the media warned that traders caught next month would be arrested and posecuted.
Addressing the large congregation at the Koseunti ground, Amodeni said his team has been coming for several months to investigate from the residents of the area and they explained the negative effects of trading there which makes the team to equally deliberate on how to curb the trend.
The Commissioner confirmed that based on their findings, 90 percent of those trading there every month are not from Ondo state.
He assured that government would no longer allow trading in the area while anybody found wanting will face the wrath of the law.
He equally commended the church for sustainng the programme despite the demise of the late World Evangelist, Apostle T. O Obadare.
Responding, the General overseer of the church, Dr Paul Obadare expressed joy with the development, saying the church totally support the action of the government.
According to him, koseunti is a house of prayer and not a market place noting that the last administration tried to curb the trend without success.
Obadare who took time to pray for the government and the entire team assured that the church will continue to pray for the nation at all times.
The elated congregation ,motorist,and residents of the area who commended the state government for the action said it is apt and timely.
They explained how some people used the busy road to indulge in ungodly activities in the area every month.