Legislators in Oyo are probing illicit trading mechanisms and tax leakages.

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The House of Assembly in Oyo State has started an investigation into possible illegalities in some of the state's markets.

The House of Assembly in Oyo State has started an investigation into possible illegalities in some of the state’s markets.

SPORTYWAP reports that the probe is sequel to a motion raised at plenary by the Chairman, House Committee on Commerce and Cooperative, Akinjide Olajide titled “Urgent needs to curb illegalities, mismanagement and revenue leakages in markets across Oyo State”.

He spoke in reference to the blockage of access roads and other road networks in markets with unapproved structures.

He added that the illegal structures were making it impossible for firefighters to access points of fire during outbreaks.

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The lawmaker bemoaned the fact that in certain markets, illicit collection of government revenue had become the norm, weakening the state’s attempts to raise revenue for infrastructure growth.

He called for the improvement of sanitation in markets across the state and the entrenchment of discipline in a bid to combat revenue leakages and engender economic development.

He pledged that the House would make adequate checks on issues of welfare, security and revenue generation in markets across the state.

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The Assembly unanimously urged the state executives to put measures in place to resuscitate and empower the task force on markets.

It ordered the House Committees on Trade and Cooperatives, as well as the Atmosphere and Ecology, to study the matter as soon as possible and report back to the House within two weeks.

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