TIMA-RIV, Environment Ministry Partner On Street Trading

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In a move to rid the state of street trading, wrong parking and illegal parks, along Rumuokoro and Rumuola axis, the Rivers State Road Traffic Management Authority (TIMA-RIV) has last Wednesday collaborated with the State Ministry of Environment, with a view to ensuring free flow of traffic on our roads.

The Controller-General, Rivers State Road Traffic Management Authority, Nelson Jaja dropped the hint during the formal presentation of quarterly Statistical Survey Report (December 2010 – February 2011) in his office in Port Harcourt.

According to him, “we are working with the ministry of Environment to get street traders out of the roads at Rumuokoro and Rumuola axis of Port Harcourt, which are very pathetic to road traffic.”

He said that TIMA-RIV can no longer tolerate the attacks and threat to life on its marshals by street traders and commercial drivers picking passengers at unapproved loading bays along the road, saying that stiff strategies have been put in place to clamp down on defaulters.

In his remarks, the permanent secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Environment, Rufus Godwins, Commended TIMA-RIV for the partnership initiative with his ministry, stressing that with the synergy between the two bodies, a lot would be achieved in that direction.

He recalled that, on several occasions, staff of the ministry were also attacked by the street traders who were constituting public nuisance and menace to traffic flow, saying that joint efforts should be intensified to tackle the problem.

He enjoined other stakeholders and the general public to support and co-operate with TIMA-RIV in their bid towards road traffic decongestion.