DESTMA calls for law against hawking and trading on roads in Ughelli market area
By Vincent Ogbunisi
For ease of vehicular and pedestrian movement as well as safety of lives, Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA) has called on the Executive Chairman of Ughelli North LGC, Hon Godwin Adode to encourage the legislative arm of the council to enact a law against hawking and trading on the median and along the road bordering the Ughelli main market area.
The DESTMA head in Ughelli, Mr. Adu Desmond, made the call in his office while exclusively speaking with the Pointer Correspondent in Ughelli .
Traders have posed a menace of congesting the road tightening traffic and exposing themselves to danger as they encroach and display their wares on the road instead of the stalls allocated to them in the market.
DESTMA officials have often had a heck of time trying to control traffic and push the traders out of the road but the traders stubbornly return after each attempt..
Mr. Adu Desmond commended the council chairman for his contribution in checking the menace and support to the men and officers of DESTMA popularly called Okowa police who have now been stationed on the road to monitor and control encroachment by the traders.
According to him, the initiative for the agency’s intervention in checking the encroachment by the traders was the brain child of the council chairman who instituted a task force for the purpose and engaged men of DESTMA to enforce the order.
But he wants the council to further empower DESTMA with a legal instrument through a law to that effect with stiff penalties to violators.
For now, encroachers are fined and the proceeds have become additional source of revenue to the state government but he lamented the interference of politicians and community leaders who pose as a challenge to the discharge of their duties and hence, urged the Executive Council Chairman, Hon. Adode to timely intervene