…Says AKSG to Effect Enforcement
…Seeks Royal Fathers’ Support
Against the backdrop of increased vehicular traffic to the Victor Attah International Airport, the Commissioner for Environment and Petroleum Resources in Akwa Ibom State, Rt. Hon. Ekong Sampson has cautioned roadside traders operating along the said route to desist forthwith from such illegal activities in their own interest.
Ekong Sampson stated this while addressing roadside traders at Timber Market/Ifa Ikot Okpon Junction, Mbiabong in Uyo on Thursday, January 30, 2020 during the tour of spots prone to roadside trading activities along the airport route.
Speaking to a throng of wayside merchants in the area in Ibibio and English, he dropped the hint that the state government will soon enforce its directive of prohibiting illegal trading along Airport Road and other similar locations in the state.
While harped on the need for the traders to make use of the nearby space provided them, rather than selling on the walkways.
“Much as you all have the need to eke out a living, the state government is duty-bound to protect you from the high risks as a result of illegally trading along a very busy highway such as the Airport Road, even with the high-tension electric cable hanging overhead.
“Also, because the illegal trading activities along this route obstructs traffic and defaces the aesthetics of the environment, illegal trading will no longer be tolerated.”
Barr. Sampson who had earlier paid an unscheduled courtesy visit to the Village Head of Mbiabong, His Highness, Eteidung (Dr.) Cosmas E. Sampson in his palace, to seek his support on the issue as regards awareness and sensitization campaigns, urged other royal fathers to cooperate with the state government in order to bring sanity to the affected areas in their domains.
In his terse response, the Village Head recalled prior attempts to relocate the traders to a safer and permanent location, but to no avail.
He expressed gratitude to the Commissioner for seeking his collaboration on the matter and promised to immediately undertake the sensitization process by engaging the town criers in the communities making up his domain.
The state Commissioner for Environment and Petroleum Resources was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Pharm. Mbuk Inyang, and state sanitary officials of the ministry.
Credit; Paulinus Nnah