A Port Harcourt-based
businessman, Mr Monday Hector, has called on the Rivers State Government to expedite action towards relocating the Ikoku spare parts market in Diobu, Port Harcourt to a more convenient area.
Hector, who spoke to The Tide yesterday said because the location market is not spacious enough for the market, dealers were making a mess of the place.
“Imagine the fact that half of the road has been blocked with parked vehicles belonging to their customers thereby causing traffic obstructions”, Hector said.
Hector who is the Managing Director of Manis Transport Services Port Harcourt also said the sanitary condition of the area does not go well the status of Port Harcourt.
He wondered why past administrations were not able to enforce the relocation inspite of the fact that the problem posed by the continued stay of the market remains an obvious challenge to the urban status of the city.
He urged the government to show strong will in relocating the market in the interest of Port Harcourt resident.
“You also note that criminals take advantage of the unorganized state of the area to attack innocent persons,” he remarked.
It would be noted that for over two decades, the state government had announced plans to relocate the motor parts market to a more spacious and convenient area but such plan had not been successfully implemented till date. The Tide reports that the market has encroached into nearby streets which are residential areas.