Yenagoa Residents Flay Road Side Trading

  • Written by  JOHN ODHE, Yenagoa
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Yenagoa Residents Flay Road Side Trading

Residents of Yenagoa in Bayelsa state have described as worrisome, the habit of roadside trading in different parts of the state capital.

At Igbogene, a busy community located on the outskirt of the metropolis is a roadside market that trades every Thursday, along the Melford Okilo Expressway.

On the market days, women who trade mostly on plantain bunches as well as other commodities are seen selling on the major road, leaving only a tiny part for vehicles to pass.

At Agudama, the community that hosts the Nigerian Law School and the headquarters of the Central Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, the situation is equally worrisome as drivers and their passengers have to groan for hours.

Every Wednesday in Agudama is a hectic experience for road users who ply the Okilo road as vehicles struggle to meander through the little space left for them by the traders.

The same is replicated at the ever busy Etegwe-Tombia roundabout where traders occupy the main road on daily basis, thereby causing obstruction in vehicular movement.

At Opolo market, the situation is worse, as motorists and commuters are made to spend hours on the road especially on Fridays which are the market days.

Okaka community is another busy area in the state capital where business transactions take place on the main road, causing serious logjam on Tuesdays.

The Okaka market that trades late into the night witnesses more of petty traders selling on both sides of the dual carriage way with impunity.

The Isaac Boro Expressway which serves as the only alternative highway to the Melford Okilo raod also suffers the same fate on Saturdays at the Kpansia market. 

Women selling assorted commodities at the Kpansia market always besiege the highway, targeting passing vehicles to sell their stuffs, not minding the danger of being hit by cars.

When TNN went round town to sample people's opinions on the situation, some described roadside trading as a time bomb waiting for explosion.

Others blamed the authorities for doing nothing about it, stressing that it could claim lives in a case where a vehicle loses control and rams on the people.

"Roadside trading is very dangerous. If a trailer loses control near a roadside market, the casualties can be better imagined", said Mr. Kola Ayodele, a motorist residing in Yenagoa.

Another resident, Chief Timiebi Olokoware, who spoke to TNN said "my major worry is that the security operatives look the other way while this killer situation persists in our state and the government too is saying nothing.

"The only solution to this menace, as far as am concerned, is for these market places on our highways to be relocated to safer places".

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