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How Street Lights Add Splendor To Night Market In Port Harcourt

Port Hacourt
Posted: Aug 30, 2016 at 4:45 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike’s cardinal reason to lighten up virtually all the major streets in Port Harcourt, the state capital, must have been predicated on tackling insecurity but this has greatly intensified the rate of night street trading in some parts of the city.

Ikwerre Road, for instance, is usually a beehive of activities as it the commercial nerve centre of the city. Now, one hardly differentiates between day and night as almost the same degree of activities is now being carried out at night especially roadside trading.

Between the Education Bus stop and the Emekuku Roundabout, normal commercial activities under the floodlight are carried out beginning 4pm and could last up to 11 or 12 midnight on some days.

One of the major characteristics of the Ikwerre road night trading is that apart from red meat, no other item is displayed on a table. Everything is placed on the ground and such items range from fresh pumpkin leaves to all sorts of fish, fresh pepper, rice, garri and many other such foodstuffs.

Those who patronise the night traders include people of all walks of life: civil servants, artisans, students, housewives and the singles. Some of the singles especially the bachelors will prefer that virtually everything be prepared for them like the leaves, marching of okro, pepper and even crayfish.

Some of the major players in the Ikwerre Road floodlight market are mainly children and mothers especially now that schools are on holidays. Some of the mothers choose to carry their wards along to assist them in the market to help hawk some of the items.

The night market on the dualized road constitutes traffic nuisance to commuters particularly the luxury buses that go on night journeys to Lagos or Abuja at night. There is always apprehension that disaster may happen any time soon if the authorities concerned delay in taking a drastic action against the operators of the night market.

It will recalled that the state governor, Nyesom Wike, while laying the foundation stone of the phase two of the Rumuji market popularly called mile one market few months ago, promised that a space would be acquired by his government to move the marketers from the road side.

This he said to reduce the activities of street urchins and allow for the free flow of traffic along the busy road at every time of the day.

Already, some parts of the market adjacent the mile one police station has since been demolished and the traders driven away. But they resurface every evening to carry out the night trade and continue till late in the night.

Contractors for the second phase of the market have been mobilized to site and there is indication that work would commence as soon as the rains subside.

Ikwerre road is not just the only night market. Such scenes litter the state capital and many people appear to be comfortable with it because it gives everybody the opportunity to have free access at any time they close from work or business.

Daniel Abia