Garden City Restoration: Wike Evicts Mechanics, Street Traders from Port Harcourt Roads

*Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing roadside mechanics, roadside car dealers, street traders and private taxi park operators at the Government House Port Harcourt on Friday.



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Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has given roadside mechanics,  roadside car dealers, street traders and private taxi park operators, a  month ultimatum to vacate the streets of Port Harcourt.

Addressing roadside mechanics,  roadside car dealers, street traders and private taxi park operators at the Government House Port Harcourt on Friday,  Governor Wike said that the artisans and traders must comply with the stipulated period,  because  his administration  is committed  to the restoration of the Garden City status of Port Harcourt.

He said: “I am giving all groups one month to leave the roads. Within this one month, you should find alternative  locations  to carry out your  businesses.

“By the first week of July, the State Government will swing into action.  Port Harcourt must be clean, whether you like it or not”.

Governor Wike said that he called the meeting to avoid unnecessary  conflict and to negotiate  the time for all the traders , mechanics and car dealers  to leave the roads.

“We have called this meeting to avoid conflict.  I called you  to discuss the time frame for the implementation and not to change  the decision.

“Our roads are now mechanic Workshops.  Our roads are now markets and motor parks.  There is this spirit that makes the traders and mechanics believe  that you can only make money on the road. We will  end that spirit.

“Your activities  litter the road. There will be consequences  for mechanics using the road for  their trade after the one month period.  The vehicles  being repaired will be seized “, he said.

The Governor added that the State  Government  will not allow  the operation  of illegal motor parks and car shops along the road.

He said that the Police and other security agencies have been coopted to serve on the implementation process.

Rivers State Police Commissioner,  Usman Belel assured that the Police will work with the State Government  to ensure  that the artisans leave the roads.

Representatives of the car dealers, motor park  operators, mechanics and traders requested different time frame to vacate the roads.

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