Just as many residents have continued to hail the introduction of task force on street trading and illegal motor parks, some are worried that there is the need to know the proper bus stop as to make their activities more effective, calling on the government to do everything possible to ensure sustainability of their activities.
Those who reacted suggested the need for identifiable bus –stops with signages to ease passengers’ movements in and around.
According to a commercial bus operator,'Paddy Man,' activities of the taskforce have helped to instill order and relief from police extortion. He expressed concern that government will continue to support them.
Also speaking, Dumessor Samson, a Port Harcourt resident stated that he had tried to assess activities of the task force and said so far, they have improved on the movement of vehicles, while noting that the taskforce units at Agip, Waterlines need to work hard and avoid compromise going by the way they were found to be conducting their operations.
Dumessor who commended governor Nyesom Wike stated that more needed to be done to help traders, especially women to have affordable stalls and shops. He noted that women suffer a great deal in trying to cope up.
But he observed that no taskforce would have been necessary if the police had been working to earn public confidence.
In her reaction, Ngozi Worcha, a resident of Rumuola said that government should concentrate more by ensuring that the job of the taskforce is sustainable. According to her, failure of the government to pay their salaries regularly can affect their efficiency. She cited how TIMARIV lost public confidence through harassment and extortion of the motoring public. She attributed the fall of the agency under the former administration to the backlog of salaries owed their staff who were mainly graduates.
She also called on the people to accept the coming of the taskforce as a regime of necessary change.