A transporter, Chief
Obulor Chukwuma, has called on the Rivers State Government to revive the abandoned mega vehicle terminals built by the former administration across the state.
Chukwuma, in a chat with The Tide Correspondent in his office in Port Harcourt said the call became imperative following the indiscriminate packing of trailers, trucks and passenger vehicles along major roads in the state.
According to him, the primary aim of the government to build the vehicle terminals at Omagwa, Oyigbo, Emohua and Eleme was to reduce the number of inter-city passenger traffic entering the city in order to reduce congestion, illegal packing and obstructions on the roads caused by transport operators.
He explained that the terminals were located at the four entry points to the city of Port Harcourt, but that the former government abandoned the project which would have also help give the city a face-look and attract investors into the state.
The Transporter noted that the initial plan of the government was that vehicles coming from the East and North would make use of the terminal at Oyigbo, whereas the Eleme terminal would cater for vehicles coming from Cross River and Akwa-Ibom States.
Chukwuma pointed out that the Emohua terminal was envisaged to take care of commercial vehicles coming from the West while that of Omagwa would also cater for the vehicles coming from Owerri and Onitsha in Eastern part of the country.
He further noted that with the construction of network of roads, rehabilitation of street lights and traffic lights that were abandoned by the previous government, there is need to also rehabilitate the vehicle mega terminals to generate revenue, give employment opportunities to the people and help the free flow of traffic in the state, moreso now that the state is bouncing back to its lost glory.
The transporter thanked Governor Nyesom Wike for his massive road constructions in the state which had given motorists a sigh of relief, and enjoined him not to relent.