Displaced Street Traders Devise New Strategies

Street traders dislodged by the Rivers State Taskforce on Street Trading and Illegal Motor Parks have adopted new strategies for survival.

The traders now would approach passersby asking them what they want to buy.

A potential customer is dragged to where the traders hide their wares, close to their original trading points and try to convince him to buy.

At Slaughter in Trans Amadi, one of these traders approached this reporter, saying he wanted to show him something very important. The reporter inquisitively followed him and was taken to an attachment shop where variety of shirts, boxers, singlets and neckties were displayed.

He told the reporter that the Taskforce on Street Trading and Illegal Motor Parks had made selling difficult for them, stressing that in order to survive; they had to beg passersby to come to their hiding spots and patronize them.

 “Despite that I don’t make much sales through this method, I will continue to manage it until God provides something better for me. I will not go stealing”, he told our reporter.

At Rumuokoro, a young man approached our reporter and asked if he wanted quality wristwatches. Before the reporter could respond, the young man brought a gold wristwatch from his pocket and asked him to follow him and see things for himself. The reporter followed him to the back of the Anglican Church at Rumuokoro where he opened a box containing assorted wristwatches.

Investigations reveal that displaced traders at Eliozu, Mile1, Mile3, Ikwerre road, Oil Mill, Rumuigbo and other areas have adopted these strategies in a bid to survive.

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