It is no longer business as usual, particularly for those who usually procure building materials from Choba and the University of Port Harcourt axis, as bulldozers have been used to crush down shops and stalls of building materials merchants along the East-West-Road in Choba where they are based.
The Tide gathered that the traders where given quit notice by the state government which had expired before the demolition action, but that some of the traders took things for granted, and the event almost took them unawares.
Narrating his experience to The Tide on the development, a property developer, Mr. Mike Ogbonda who had a building project near Emohua said that he decided to own a shop for building materials at Choba because of nearness to his building site, but unknown to him, the shops were gone.
According to Mike “I bypassed Rumuokoro, Rumuosi and Alakahia, to Choba to purchase cement, shovels and others, to make transportation easier, but my hope was dashed, as I could not achieve my goal.”
“I had to go back to Rumuosi to buy those things, because few shops I had visited in Choba main town close to the market by Indomie factory only displayed few ideas at cut throat prices, he stated.
Mike also attributed the high price on the few building materials that were displayed by shops in other locations in Choba to the demolition of other major building material shops along the East /West Uniport axis.
When The Tide visited the area, it was observed that things has taken a different shape as shops and stalls were smashed, and some of the residuals were under lock and key.
Effort was made to speak with some traders, but was not successful as they showed unwillingness to respond to questions.
While some that had remnants of burglary proof locked themselves inside and refused to display goods, others looked so apprehensive, but transacted business like mere middle men.