I’M READY TO SACRIFICE MY SIX MONTHS SALARY FOR GENUINE TRADERS – Ikim
…Advises them to form Cooperative Society
Moved by the need to cushion the plight of the street traders, Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Environmental Protection and Waste Management Agency, Obong Prince Ikim has promised to give away his full six (6) months salary to alleviate the sufferings of the street traders in the popular city centers in Uyo.
Ikim who made the disclosure yesterday at the popular Ibom Plaza in Uyo, while enforcing the law against street trading encouraged them to form themselves into Cooperative Societies to be able to access the largesse.
According to him, the Udom Emmanuel led administration was ready to cushion the financial burden of Akwa Ibom street traders as a palliative measure for leaving the street in compliance with the government’s directives.
While raising alarm over the impending dangers and security threat posed by unsuspected persons masquerading as ‘street traders’, the AKSEPWMA Boss, admonished genuine traders to play by the rules, trade within government authorized boundaries to help government serve them better.
He decried that, with the sorry security situation in the country and its ripple effects in some parts of the state, there was a need to guard against further polarization and infiltration of bandits into the State.
Ikim, however, admonished security stakeholders to up their game, urging government appointees and relevant bodies to cultivate the habit of reaching out to members of the public by making themselves more visible in the streets, to feel their impulse and concerns.
Meanwhile, the AKSEPWMA Chairman, who was spotted at the popular Ibom Plaza and adjoining streets for the enforcement exercise on Tuesday and Wednesday, said, the exercise was necessary following several ultimatum given to street traders to leave the streets.
He cautioned the traders to comply with the directives or be ready to face the weight of the law.