Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has appealed to street traders to desist from plying their trades on major roads.
Governor Wike also described as unfortunate the attack of Government Officials restoring sanity on the roads by hoodlums at the Slaughter Market in Port Harcourt. .
He gave the management of the market two days to produce the hoodlums or face sanctions.
He said that nobody will be allowed to disrupt the development process of the state, under any guise.
The govenor spoke with the traders during his inspection visits to project sites on Thursday after returning Brussels where he was honoured with the Power of Sports Award by the International Sports Press Association Africa.
He said that apart from the fact that the traders damage portions of the roads recently constructed and deface the roads, street trading poses danger to the traders who are susceptible to accidents.
He urged the traders to move into different markets across Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas constructed for business activities.
He said: “Please don’t trade on the streets. What you are doing damage and defacing the roads. My plea is that you go into the markets for your safety and the aesthetics of the city.”
Governor Wike said that the state government will take sustained measures to check illegal street trading, hence his personal involvement with the sensitive of traders.
He added that the meshed wires fences are beings installed on roads in areas prone to street trading to keep the traders off the roads.
“As we are working on these roads, everyone is happy. We will not allow street traders destroy the beauty of the city”, he said.
During the inspection on Thursday, Governor Wike visited National Industrial Court, Mother and Child Hospital, Restaurants and Cinema, Port Harcourt Pleasure Park, Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, Judges Quarters, Slaughter Road, Reconstruction of Government Offices at Mile One Fly Over,Traditional Rulers Secretariat, Land Reclamation at Ogbunabali/Nkpogu, Oil Mill-Elelenwo-Akpajo Road, Abacha Road, Mgboshimini Primary Health Care , Doctors Quarters among other projects.
Governor Wike said that intense projects inspection will continue ahead of the third year anniversary.
Majority of the projects visited by Governor Wike will be commissioned during the administration’s third year anniversary.
Governor Wike expressed satisfaction with the quality of work done at the project sites, emphasising that the joy of Rivers people at the execution of projects is a motivation.