Comrade Godwin Nyiam, Director General of the Department of Public Transportation, DOPT, on Monday led a team of his men to high traffic areas in Calabar to clear traders who have turned major roads as sales points for their goods.
Comrade Nyiam and his team visited places like Calabar Road, Effigy Roundabout, Bedwell, Nelson Mandela Road, Lagos and Garden Streets to clear the traders and ensured that traffic moves smoothly around the city.
“Traders have turned some major streets around the Watt Market into selling points and shops and this is unacceptable to us that is why we moved them away from the roads”.
He said shops exist in the market and traders are to use those shops and not the road and the exercise will continue until traders and hawkers learn to sell their goods inside the market and not the road”.
“We have announced on radio and television that the roads in the city are not meant for people to display their goods and anyone who fails to heed to our directives would not be allowed to contravene traffic rules in the city”.
He said displaying goods on the roads distorts the beauty of the environment and Cross River is a tourist sate and everything right would be done to keep the place clean and tidy.
“We will continue to carry out clearance of the roads and nobody will stop us from carrying out our mandate” , Nyaim declared.