Opubo Dickson, has decried the indiscriminate establishment of automobile mechanic workshops on major roads and streets of Port Harcourt and its environs.
Dickson, who condemned the development in an interview with The Tide correspondent Monday said the activities of these mechanic workshops are causing great nuisance and environmental pollution in the city.
According to him, activities of these mechanic workshops also caused traffic gridlock as well as hide-out for criminals.
He said that some even parked cars outside their workshop, thereby creating traffic, while some leave the scraps on the major roads and streets that could also cause accident.
The environmentalist also lamented that as the state government is making frantic efforts to bring back the lost glory of the state capital as the Garden City, the auto mechanics and technicians are busy making the roads unsafe for motorists and other road users.
“The situation is even worse with those auto mechanics that do not have workshop but operates on the road side as they occupy the walkways and major parts of the roads.”
Dickson noted with dismay that it is high time the activities of these auto mechanics were checked, in order to give the state a face-lift with the present government’s good road network.
He appealed to the Rivers State government and other relevant authorities to find a lasting solution to regulate the indiscriminate activities of automobile mechanics in the state.