The Rivers State government, has vowed that the combined operations to rid Port Harcourt and its environs of illegal structures, street trading and illegal parking of vehicles would be intensive and on-going for six months on a daily basis.
Commissioner for Urban Development and Physical Planning, Dr. Tammy Danagogo made this known to newsmen during a recent operation carried out by the Committee for sanitisation of Port Harcourt.
Dr. Danagogo noted that violators arrested in the course of their operations would be summarily tried and jailed with options of fines stipulated in the relevant laws of the state.
He said the move would serve as deterrent to residents who had consistently proven recalcitrant to sustained efforts to rid Port Harcourt of illegal structures, street trading and unlawful parking of vehicles.
According to him “The combined operation would not only be carried out on a daily basis for six months, but would be most intensive and extensive to drive home government’s renewed determination to check all problems associated with trading and erection of illegal structures. It will not be business as usual”.
He also commended Governor Chibuike Amaechi for mustering the political will to restore the garden city status of Port Harcourt.
The committee is drawn from the Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning, Environmental Sanitation Authority, TIMARIV, and the Ministry of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation.
Other coordinators of the operations, Mr. Isobo Jack of Sanitation Authority, Nelson Jaja of TIMARIV and Mr. Godwin Echenwo who is the director of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, in their separate speeches appealed to residents of Port Harcourt to obey the laws of the state or face the music.