Written by Chuks NZEH

SEAC seeks inclusion of hawkers in city planning

A non-governmental organisation, the Socioeconomic and Environment Advocacy Centre, SEAC, has called for the inclusion of street hawkers as lawful residents of cities, insisting that they are legally entitled to organize a livelihood and contributing their quota to the development of society and the Gross Domestic Product, GDP.

This is contained in a statement by the executive director of the centre, Prof. Mohammed Yunusa, issued after a roundtable discussion in Abuja.

According to the release, Dr. Onyanta Adama, a qualitative social researcher of the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, called for the recognition of street economic work and the rights of street economic workers in cities, and urged governments to put an end to street workers harassment in Abuja and other cities.

Yunusa urged the urban management agencies to develop new ways to accommodate the vendors in the cities through space provision, adding that the agencies needed to provide support infrastructure for the vendors and manage informalities to make the cities more inclusive, noting that, such actions would strengthen the revenue base of the cities including Abuja.

The discussion session, was chaired by Norma Perchonock, a senior research fellow, was attended by academics, SEAC and public agencies and Development Agencies.



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