Traders in mile one area have expressed mixed feelings over the activities of the taskforce deployed by the state government to rid the state of illegal motor parks and street trading.
Some of the traders told our correspondent that they are happy that government has cleared the road for smooth flow of traffic for motorist and pedestrians. Mr. gifts Amadi said ‘’ I think the governor has done a good thing by clearing the road for free flow of traffic. But let him also try and provide a space for the traders to sell their wares.
Madam Joy said her she is happy with the new experience of passing the street without fear of being mobbed. May god bless Governor Wike to keep working for Rivers State.
Mfon Essien said my sister I don tire to dey run run every day, I be single mother with no help from anybody. It’s from this street trading I used to cater for my children at home, if nothing is done to provide shelter for us, it means I have I have been sentenced to death by hunger she said while pleading with the taskforce to provide an alternative place for women to trade and feed their families.
Some however said activities of the task force has denied the traders of the opportunity to trade and feed their families. Mrs. Ngozi Chukwu threw my question back to us. What do you mean by Free flow of traffic? She continued ‘’is it free flow of traffic that will put food on peoples table? Abeg you people should ask the governor to provide somewhere for traders to continue with their source of lively hood in an already difficult country. There is hunger everywhere and you here asking me how I feel. She said I feel so sad, because nobody is talking on how to lift the masses out of poverty but the government is always coming up with anti-people policies, abeg shift make I pass, she said angrily and walked away.
They called on the state governor to provide alternative and affordable places to enable them fend for themselves.