Illegal trading on the streets and trading beyond closing time is a punishable criminal offence – Mayor Victor Ihunwo warns illegal traders.
Port Harcourt City development.
Consider yourself an accomplice to any form of crime and criminality committed on this road, if caught trading beyond 6:30 PM- Mayor of Port Harcourt to Bishop Okoye shop owners.
Having achieved almost 90% success in getting traders off Bishop Okoye Road, a thorn on the flesh of many past administrations, the Mayor of Port Harcourt City, Honourable Ihunwo Victor Nyeche, JP, took the exercise geared towards returning sanity to the city to another level, as he directed the shop owners trading after the Chain-Link Fence, demarcating their shops and Bishop Okoye Road to close their shops by 6:30 PM, at the latest, everyday.
The directive issued to them directly by the Mayor at their various shops is aimed at tackling pockets of crime and criminality committed by miscreants who take advantage of the cover of the night to steal from the people and disappear into the crowd or take cover inside some of the shops.
The Mayor, had earlier told them to leave by 7 PM, but most of the traders said they even leave by 6:00 PM which prompted the Mayor to adjust the time from 7 PM to 6:30 PM.
“It is good that you people have said that you close by 6:00 PM, but I will give you people additional 30 minutes so if you are seen trading beyond 6:30 PM we are going to see you as one of those working with the criminals and helping them to sell the stolen items,” the Mayor warned.
The Mayor was accompanied during the exercise by the Deputy Mayor, Mrs Marian Fiberesima; retinue of aides; Supervisors for Transportation and Environment Mr Gift Amadi and Mr Nwenekanma Ali, respectively.
Wednesday 8th of May, 2019.