Port Harcourt City local distanced itself from the people that attacked Rivers State task force member.

The Mayor of Port Harcourt City, Honourable Ihunwo Victor Nyeche, JP, who is the first person to embarked on decongestion of illegal motor parks and streets trading with effective control measures to stop the operations of Local Government Areas controlled task force on Illegal Street Trading, Roadside Mechanic Workshops and Unauthorized Loading Zones (illegal parks and the none use of bus stations for picking and dropping of passengers) reacts on accusation against him.

The Mayor, who spoke against the backdrop of the allegation by the Chief Bright Amaewhule, the Special Adviser to Governor Wike and Coordinator of the State’s task force against Street Trading, Roadside Mechanics and ‘Motor Parks’, that a task force team from the Port Harcourt City Council attacked his men, yesterday, at Odili Road, said the allegation does not have any bearing since it was in his presence last Monday that he spoke to CDC chairmen, community heads, traders, unions- including the NURTW- calling for their support and cooperation to the state task force as they commenced their operations; and called on the LGA task force team to cease their operations.

He said, despite the successes recorded by the task force team in restoring sanity and increasing mobility in areas like Bishop Okoye Street- which gained notoriety for Street Trading-, Waterlines, Garrison and several areas in the capital city, he announced the disbandment of the task force team as a sign of loyalty to the State’s Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and support to his drive to restore the Garden City Status of Port Harcourt City.

He said, he cannot go contrary to the decision of the Governor and said, having disbanded the team last Monday that the Council ceased to operate any task force saddled with similar functions to that of the State’s task force team, and those who allegedly attacked the men of the State Task Force were impostors and should be arrested and prosecuted by the State’s task force, if they do not cease their illegal operations forthwith.