P/Harcourt – Some street traders in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, have commended the state government for extending the April 11, 2018 deadline earlier given to them to vacate the streets and major roads in the city.
Our correspondent who monitored the activities of the street traders and their reactions reported that the traders were jubilating when the news filtered that the April 11, 2018 deadline has been extended.
To them, such was a welcome development as the extension would give them ample opportunity to plan and relocate to a more favourable location.
Majority of them especially traders along Aggrey Road, thanked the governor for hearkening to the voice of the masses, stating that such gesture by the governor has portrayed him as a listening governor.
Speaking to our correspondent, one of the traders who simply identified himself as John James stated that such gesture was good for the traders, though he maintained that one week extension was not enough to guarantee the street-traders, the finance and a befitting shop to pack into.
When DAILY INDEPENDENT visited the Mile 3 market, the Chairperson of the Mile 3 Market Women Association, Ndidi Orlu, however, frowned at the extension, stating that it would not make any difference to the street traders as according to her “there are many vacant stalls in the major markets in Port Harcourt.
“These street traders preferred to display their wares in the open streets to avoid paying taxes and other levies accruable to the state”, adding that most of the street traders were non-indigenes who would not want to contribute to the development of the state maintain.
“They do not want to pay levies like sanitation levies to the state, yet they contribute hugely to the environmental degradation and huge refuse littering the streets of Port Harcourt.
However, it would be recalled that the state government had through the state Commissioner for information and Communications, Barr. Emma Okah announced after the State Executive Council meeting, last week that the council had approved the extension of the vacate-the-streets order which elapsed on Wednesday.
Okah, while briefing newsmen after the State Executive Council meeting, noted that the extension was as a result of pleas from the traders to give them more time.
The commissioner also disclosed that an approval has been given for the recruitment of 2,000 young men that would work with the state government to stop Illegal Street trading in Port Harcourt and its environs.
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Author: Peter Ihejirika