Residents living in Rivers State were stranded yesterday night following the review of the curfew by the Rivers State government.
The traffic at some parts of the cities became so strong leaving vehicles stocked at same points for hours.
The unfortunate incident follows the rush to meet up with the deadline of the reviewed curfew to 7pm by the state government.
Our correspondent report that some passengers were trekking home due to the traffic. Some of the residents who spoke to our correspondent accused the state government of suffering the masses.
Another resident asked, “Without this curfew is there no other ways of doing thing”? My brother this decision by the rivers state government is making things difficult to people.”
“Look at me I can’t even sleep in my house today because my house is far. The taxi driver said from here to my house is 500 naira, something I pay for 50 naira before, why are this government wicked”, a civil servant laments.
Another section of the residents called on the rivers state governor NYESOM WIKE to stop the ongoing flyover construction for the time being until the curfew is called off. They said the move will help ease off the traffic in the city of Port Harcourt.
“This curfew is not the solution to the problems we have in this state. Whether curfew or no curfew, those criminals they still carry out their act. Was there no curfew when they attacked police station? So it is not all about curfew they should look for another alternative.”
Another resident said the curfew had affected his source of income. He said, “Well for me, traffic wise I was not affected but source of income affected. Putting it at 7pm is very early, if these criminal want to come they can still come before that time.
“I think the governor should work with the people because these people go through villages to enter the city so the state should collaborate with the people for information gathering
“Now look at the road, construction is going on and these roads are blocked, police are barricading some areas, so if you want us to beat traffic, let the governor stop every construction work going on in the city.”