Ex-Residents Of Shanties Appeal For Aid


Victims of the recently de
molished shanties at the Eagle Island axis of Port Harcourt, have appealed to the Rivers State Government for assistance for temporary alternative accommodation.
The victims who claimed that they were taken by surprise said they lost property worth millions of Naira during the exercise.
Speaking to The Tide correspondent, in Port Harcourt on Tuesday at the demolition site,  Mrs Roseline Akpan, who was seen hanging around with her three children , said, “we have nowhere to go, we have been sleeping in the veranda of a church since the demolition.  They told us they would be demolished, but they did not give us a time frame.  Yes, we agree the land is government property, but we wished they provided place for us before they undertook the exercise.
Another respondent, Isabella Okorie, appealed saying, “government ought to feel the suffering of their people and provide a place for us for at least three months.  My children are all sick due to sleeping in the open”.
For, Godwin  Effiong, an automechanic  “they did not do well coming to demolish this place the way they did, they should please consider the plight of the people and provide temporary alternative accommodation.
Meanwhile, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), South-South, has appealed to the state government to have  a rethink on further demolitions exercise as planned in the state.
The South-South Zonal Chairman, Chunedu Uchegbu, who made the appeal in a chat with the press, stated that further demolitions would only serve to thrown the victims into homelessness.
Uchegbu noted that in addition to homelessness, the victims would suffer hardship and poverty as a result of loss of livelihood and displacement.
He urged the government to give the residents of places marked for demolitions more time at least three months for them to make alternative accommodation arrangements.


Tonye Nria-Dappa