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Commuters who use the Port Harcourt Aba Road have been stranded as commercial vehicle operators embark on a protest in the State capital.
The commercial drivers are protesting what they see as the unbearable harassment that they are facing in the hands of members of the Taskforce set up by the Rivers State Government to check irregular parking on roads within Port Harcourt city.
People were seen trekking to their destination around Rumuola and Rumuokwuta axis as commercial vehicle owners withdrew their services Tuesday, saying “Wike should come and shows us were to park.”
Persons who reached out to the Port Harcourt Telegraph complained that the situation on the roads is horrible.
A female commuter said, “There are no vehicles to take commuters to their destination. People are trekking. Aba Road is choked. There is suffering everywhere.”
“Only those who are able to pay for taxi drops are having a respite. The situation is so bad.”
Wike had threatened last year to shut down the Taskforce if its operatives do not carry out their functions efficiently.
On that occasion, the Governor had accused them of collecting bribes and allowing vehicles owners,especially commercial drivers to operate as they like on the streets.
Apparently, the chaotic situation on the streets created by commercial vehicle owners may be as a result of the governor’s charge to members of the Taskforce.
When the Telegraph got to Aba Road, a multitude of people were seen walking to their destinations under the sun.