Barely a year later, the chaotic and chaotic old district of Ikoku which mainly houses engine parts and generator spare parts in the metropolis of Port Harcourt is getting a facelift.
The recently completed Nkpolu-Oroworukwo flyover was opened to traffic two weeks ago and the routine and chaos around the axis has disappeared.
There used to be traffic jams in the evening and morning rush hours, but now, with a new traffic light installed at the foot of the bridge, vehicle traffic is fast and smooth.
Excited about the new look of the area, herbal medicine vendor Samuel Adieme told The Tide Metro: “I’m very happy the place is clean and tidy now.”
The businessman recalled that when the project started last year with the dismantling of shops and warehouses located at the mouth of Olu Obasanjo and Ikwerre roads, many auto parts dealers sounded the alarm. .
Today, sanity has returned to the once noisy Ikoku area which was once known for traffic jams, poor vehicle parking, peddling and street trading, “I commend the Governor for his vision,” said Say goodbye.
He urged authorities to step up sanitation and security, while calling on traders to cooperate with the government to ensure the area retains its current status.
A car parts dealer who went by the name Okeke Chima while praising the government for the project said there was a need for security.
He felt that the emergency fence that was built to prevent street trading provides cover for criminals at night, “if the fence is reduced a bit, it will help passers-by to see what is happening on the other side. of the road and contribute to safety.
For his part, Chibuike Maduforo said the flyover changed the landscape of Ikoku Junction, “many of us thought it wouldn’t be finished but we’re glad it was done and delivered.”
He however complained that the street trading barrier has become a hiding place for criminals to rob people at night.
Maduforo also denounced the activities of touts who disguise themselves as government agents to collect illegal levies.
Meanwhile, Port Harcourt Auto Parts Dealers Union Task Force Chairman Icho Emeka Onuowo praised Governor Chief Nyesom Wike for the vision he has shown in building of the Ikoku flyover.
“We are happy that the project has been completed and we have seen the good works of the governor,” Onuowo remarked.
Dismissing opinions on criticism of the project when it was launched, Onuowo said, “To be honest with you, we were not against overflight as a union, but against miscommunication. “
Onuowo acknowledged that in organized cities, auto parts markets are usually located outside city centers, as the governor envisioned.
“If you go to Aba, Anambra and Enugu states, the auto parts markets are out of town,” he noted.
Therefore, he urged the state government on the need to move the auto parts market to areas like Igwuruta or Oyigbo, “If we are moved, it will help attract development to the periphery.”
On the issue of security in the auto parts market, Onuowo assured that the task force is doing everything in its power to secure and protect lives in collaboration with security agencies.
Currently, he lamented that many of them have been dislocated and dispersed due to the project which has caused many of them to seek new stores and warehouses in adjacent streets like Adelabu, Emole, Owonda, Ojims and School Road .
Due to the dispersion, many auto parts dealers are scattered on different streets, so that customers can no longer locate them.
To reverse the situation, the leader of the Ikoku auto parts union pleaded that he needed a permanent site.
A permanent site will reduce roadside peddling, vantage, poor parking and street trading, “we want to cooperate with the government and work to ensure that Ikoku is secure, safe and orderly,” he said. assured.
By: Kevin Nengia