Motorists Lament Rumuokoro Roadside Trade


Motorists plying the
Rumuokoro/Air Port Axis of the state has called on the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Hon Collins Onunwor to ensure that traders do not transact their business on the road.
The motorists, who spoke with The Tide, Tuesday in Port Harcourt, blamed the heavy grid lack witnessed on that part of the state on the activities of traders who preferred doing their business on the road than inside the slaughter market.
A car operator, Mr Anum Opara, said the road ought to be free from grid locks due to the importance of the air-port road to business operators.
He said that the road was designed to allow free traffic flow, but regretted that traders have converted part of the road to their shops for daily market.
Opara, maintained that if the area is under check, that it will ease a lot of traffic challenges in the state.
He was of the view that most vehicles operate on that axis of the state due the strategic economic importance of such road.
According to him, if the Obio/akpor caretaker chairman and his members could enforce the ban on road trading, then there would be free traffic flow and motorists will have a sign of relief.
Another bus operator, Joe Adamu, blamed the situation on taxi operators who load directly on the road.
He noted that such practice could not allow for traffic flow, saying that unless something is done to check the situation, motorists would continue to experience such challenge.
Adamu called on the council to employ the service of road marshalls to assist the police in controlling traffic on the ever busy road.
The bus operator, hinted that some uniform people in that area are only interested in collecting money from vehicle operators without doing the needful.