Motorists and road users plying the Olu Obasanjo Road by Ikoku Motor Spare Parts Market, Port Harcourt, have expressed concern over the constant blockade of the area and its adjoining streets with vehicles packed by roadside mechanics.
Among the adjoining streets affected are Ayama Road linking Ikoku Motor Spare Parts Market, Olu Obansanjo Road, leading to Okija Street near Ntawogba bridge in Mile One, Diobu, Ohonda Street and Umuduru Street, at Mile Three, Port Harcourt.
Motorists blamed the mechanics of both motor and generating sets for converting some parts of these roads into vehicle repair shops, while the mechanics were equally pointing accusing fingers at private car owners for being responsible for the blockade due to wrong parking of vehicles, thereby causing traffic congestions along the area.
It would be recalled that these roads were among the rehabilitated road projects of Governor Nyesom Wike, but had been made impassable by wrong parking and activities of mechanics.
Our correspondent observed that though some of the mechanics had workshop spaces, abandoned vehicles were parked along the road, beyond workshops periphery causing congestion and difficulty for two opposite vehicles to have free movement.
Speaking, Mr. Madu Ugwu, a motorist, narrated the ordeal he passes through on daily bases on the road, to the activities of man to survive at the expense of the wellbeing of other citizens.
“If we can understand ourselves and give the right of way to our fellowman, this problem would not have risen anyway”, he noted.
In the view of a mechanic, Mr. Joseph Ona, said many of his colleagues accepted more cars than they can repair in a day, adding that most times, these cars were parked on the road because the workshop were already filled up, leading to blockade.