Rivers Task Force set up few weeks ago by the executive governor of Rivers State, Chief Barr. Nyesom E. Wike is receiving applaud from different persons for job well.
The Task Force which was inaugurated in Port Harcourt by the State Governor, saddled with the responsibility on illegal Parks, Street Trading, decongest traffic, among other duty is making sure it delivers in its core mandate.
True Blue Reporters took to certain areas of Port Harcourt on Thursday to get reaction from members the public on the operation of the Rivers State Task Force so far.
Mr Prince, a business man around Rumuokoro axis of Port Harcourt told True Blue Reporters his feelings and said, “the thing wey this task force dey do dey good. See as the road clear, people no dey park their car anyhow unlike before wey we dey waka for leg dey even struggle to pass. I like am. I pray make them no change tomorrow.”
Mr Chidi, a commercial driver in the popular Rumuokoro area said, “the task force is trying in their duty but sincerely the inconvenience is too much. I just pray we get use to it in time to come.”
Mrs Akpan, a bread seller at Choba Junction said, “the thing wey this governor do no good. How I wan take sell my bread where travelers wey be our major buyers no dey accessible? Governor for consider we wey dey sell bread because if we no sell am on time, e go spoil.”
Mr Lawrence, a road user expressed joy with the role of the task force and said, “this is the first time I am passing through Rumuokoro without hold up. It’s a good one.”
Miss Boma, praised the task force for the free road but expressed fear that some bad eggs among them are harassing road users unnecessarily.
Mr. George said, “Only yesterday at location junction along Rumuokwuta – Choba Road, Lawson DL® taxi had a malfunction, instead of waiting for the driver to fix the problem or alternatively helping him to push the vehicle aside for free flow of vehicular movement, these Task Force guys jumped into the Taxi and harassed him that he has failed laws. They asked him to go see their boss who was seated in the group’s operational vehicle.
Well, knowing members of the Task Force are products of the Nigerian Society and would want to turn a noble idea geared towards restoration of normalcy, cleanliness and orderliness of our Garden City, a few of the bad eggs (Police screening, DSS profiling or not), would definitely give the group a bad name and Rivers people would kick. Therefore, I would recommend that there should be a separate team of people to move round and monitor the activities of these men. Where errants and deviants exist, they should summarily be expelled and shamed. That way, the integrity of the group remains for better service delivery.