A real estate and property
management consultant, Eze Akwara Ndu, has appealed to the Rivers State Government to reconsider the quit notice given to water front dwellers in Diobu axis of Port Harcourt to vacate their homes, saying the time is short.
Eze Ndu, noted that seven days to vacate a residence or business premises was too short and asked that adequate time, like three months be given to the people to enable them make alternative arrangement to relocate.
Eze Ndu, who spoke to newsmen in Port Harcourt, said that evicting people abruptly would only serve to increase criminality rather than curb it, saying “some of them that live there don’t have anywhere to go by the time you throw them into the street, you will see more crime. The crime rate would be high because they want to make ends meet”.
Meanwhile, residents of the affected locations have appealed to the state government to give them some time for alternative arrangement to enable them relocate comfortably.
Mr. Chime Okoye, shop owner on Afikpo Street in a chat stated that his shop was his only means of livelihood so it is for others who are affected by the vacation notice and called on the state government to consider the plight of the people and stay action on the demolition exercise.
For Mrs. Blessing Akparanta, “it is a blow to me and my family, we have just paid N12,000.00 for a room at Timber, where are we going to get the money for another house and by the way, where is the house?”
Akparanta appealed to the government to make alternative arrangement for them before the demolition exercise could take place.
Prophet Israel Hezekiah whose church house is located at Nanka, also appealed to the government to rescind the seven-day ultimatum as a sudden move would scatter the church members and cause them lose faith.
It would be recalled that the state government had issued a seven-day ultimatum to shanties dwellers in Uruala, Ojike, Okwuzu, Afikpo, Abak, Nanka, Emenike, Akokwa, Egede, Timber, Echue, Obidanso, Nwachukwu and shanties at the waterfronts of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
The Rivers State Commissioner for Urban Development and Physical Planning Mr. Chinyere Igwe, who issued the ultimatum, warned that defaulters would only have themselves to blame.