Keep Away From Inflammable Materials, RSG Warns Residents

Members of Senior Staff Association of Communication Transport and Corporation, Maritime branch and Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, Port Harcourt chapter, protesting against the Ports and Harbour Bill currently before the National Assembly at the gate of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) complex in Port Harcourt, recently. Photo: Egberi A. Sampson

The Rivers State Government has warned residents of Port Harcourt and its environs to keep away from inflammable materials to avoid fire outbreak.
The Special Adviser to Governor Nyesom Wike on Emergency and Relief Services, Hon. Bereni Ben Irisofe, gave the warning recently after inspecting the fire outbreak which ravaged No 11, Chief Woke Avenue, Government Reserved Area (GRA), in the Port Harcourt Local Government Area.
Irisofe had last week visited Okuru-Ama community in Port Harcourt Local Government Area where over 25 buildings were burnt and properties worth millions of naira  destroyed by fire.
While sympathising with the victims, the special adviser commended the efforts of the youth in putting off the fire, as he thanked God that no life was lost during the inferno.
He regretted the damage done due to the fire incident, assuring that he will make a comprehensive report to the governor, who would going by his compassionate and sympathetic nature, do something to give them succour.
Irisofe called on the people to continue to give support to the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration, assuring them that the present administration was for the people.
Speaking in an interview with The Tide, some residents and victims of the fire outbreak appealed to the state government to come to their aid following the incident.
It would be recalled that about 25 houses were burnt down, although the cause of the inferno was yet to be determined.
One of the victims, Ernest Abel told The Tide that the fire started at about 10 .00pm while most of the landlords and tenants were asleep.
According to him, ‘’the cause of the fire is unknown; it took the efforts of the youth within the area to put off the fire.
‘’Most of us lost all our belongings to the fire which destroyed over 25 buildings. We need help now, and we want the state government to come to our aid’’, he said.