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PH Residents Agonise …As Tanker Fire Razes Church, Hotel, Shops

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Fire has destroyed property worth billions of naira in Rivers State after a tanker loaded with Automotive Gasoline Oil (AGO) rammed off the G.U. Ake dual carriage way in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state and ditched into a flower garden.
The fire destroyed a church, Christ Living Miracle Church, a hotel, four shops, an event centre and a flower garden near Eliozu flyover on the G.U. Ake Road.
It was learnt that the tanker, which was trying to manoeuvre a bend on the road, had fallen into a flower garden along the road and exploded in flames.
The General Overseer of the affected church, Bumi Grace noted that the incident happened around 5a.m., yesterday, adding that none of the victims was able to save any of their belonging.
Grace said: “When the tanker fell and fire started, the electricity transformer close caught fire, exploded and the fire spread the more. Before fire fighters came, the fire had gone far.
“The incident will affect our service, but we must gather to worship God. What was destroyed here is over N300 million because we did not remove anything here.
“I was in the house when I received a call that my church is on fire. I got a vision of fire incident, and we organised a prayer and fasting. We finished prayers yesterday and this morning this thing happened.”
Also, one of the shop owners, Amaka Ugu disclosed that this is the third time tanker has fallen on that spot and called on the government for prompt attention.
“What I have lost is over a million naira, but my neighbour lost over N12 million because he just came back from market. He sells rugs.
“When I woke up somebody called me that another tanker had fallen. This is the third time tanker is falling here this year. The government has to do something about this.”
An event and catering centre worth over N500million was burnt by the fire.
According to an eyewitness, Master Jacob Nkem, the driver lost control and the tanker burst into flames.
However, it took the efforts of personnel of the Rivers State Fire Service and those of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to bring the situation under control.
“This is not the first time a tanker carrying diesel has fallen in this area”, a taxi driver, Master Job, who plies the Air Force, Rumuokoro route stated.
“Three months ago, a tanker loaded with petroleum products lost control, somersaulted and burst into flames as buildings, cars and property were destroyed alongside the tanker.”
The taxi driver wondered why the drivers and conductors were not hurt in these two separate incidents.
He went further to state that the accident happened at the same hour and almost at the same place.
A middle-aged woman, who chose to remain anonymous, narrated how at about 5.00am, yesterday, a tanker rammed into her shop, and fire consumed all her property, including her academic certificates.
Reacting to the incident, the state Commissioner for Special Duties, Emeka Onowu regretted that the tanker accident was the third of such unfortunate incident at that same spot in three months, and promised to liaise with his counterpart in the Ministry of Works to construct speed breakers around the area to check over-speeding by motorists.
In his remarks, the state Commissioner for Works, Hon. Dumnamene Dekor, described the incident as sad and pathetic, adding that the accident was as a result of human error.
He said: “The incident would have been avoided. The damage is enormous. It would have been averted because I believe it occurred as a result of some human error.
“I have not ascertained the product, but from what we can see, it is a petroleum product because that is what can cause this level of damage.
“The incident has also damaged this road. We have lost over 200 metres of this road. The impact is so heavy. The only thing we need to do is that we will ensure that at this bend, we will ensure devices are built to make drivers reduce their speed on this roads.
“We will take certain steps to put this to a stop. We are encouraging every user of our road to apply caution. We appeal to those who have lost anything here to remain calm while everything will be addressed.”
The Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, Prince Solomon Abel Eke has described as most unfortunate the tanker explosion along Air Force/Eliozu Road which destroyed residential buildings and business concerns.
Eke, who stated this after visiting the scene of the incident, yesterday, appealed to drivers plying the route to be conscious when approaching the bend before the Eliozu over-head bridge.
The Obio/Akpor chairman, therefore, empathised with those affected by the tanker explosion, and prayed God to strengthen them.

 

Emeka Sabastine Igbe

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RSG COVID-19 Decontamination Team Decontermintes Winners Chapel, Corpus Christi Cathedral, Ogbun-Nu-Abali Fruit Garden Market

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The Rivers State Government Decontamination Team last night, in keeping with the directive of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike decontaminated amongs others, three major places in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital.
Amongst places deconterminated are the popular Ogbun-nu-Abali Fruit Garden Market, Corpus Christi Catholic Cathedral, Winners Chapel all in D/Line in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, amongst others.
The Decontamination Team will this night move into other major public places to decontaminate, in line with the directive of the State Governor.
The decontamination exercise which is done mainly in the night, during restriction of human and vehicular movements hours, is the brainchild of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, and birthed by the fact that Coronavirus can last outside its host by 3 hours, 6 hours, 24 hours and 72 hours respectively, depending on the object.
The decontamination comprises of three steps which are carried out simultaneously namely: fumigation of the environments, steam spraying which contains disinfectants that can combat the virus, this will be followed by the disinfectant smoke spray.
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Rivers State COVID-19: Committee Begins Another Round Of Street-To-Street Campaign

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Chairman of the Rivers State Government Interministarial Committee on COVID-19 Enlightenment, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, has charged  Volunteers on COVID-19 Mobile Enlightenment to see themselves as persons recruited to save the lives of people in the State.

Giving the charge on Wednesday, during the inauguration of the Team at the State Secretariat Complex, the Chairman charged the members to view their responsibility in the same spirit as the State Governor, Nyesom Wike, which, he said, is to save lives.

 

The Chairman, who is also the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, stated that just as the Governor’s primary goal this season is to save lives, they should see their awareness creation on coronavirus as their own contribution to save lives in the State.

“You’re part of the team that will be saving lives, and I pray that God Almighty will help all of you to discharge this duty creditably.

“All of you have been carefully chosen to carry out enlightenment and sensitisation for our State. The task before you is enormous.

 

“As a State we are recording new cases of coronavirus and the only alternative left for us now is to move from street to street to pass prevention messages to our people.

“You need to let the people know that the virus is with us and that they must practice social distancing, wearing of face mask and maintenance of personal hygiene,” he said.

Nsirim advised  that people who have the symptoms of the virus which include dry cough, high temperature, loss of taste, body weakness and difficulty in breathing should seek medical attention.

 

According to him, people should not be afraid of the symptoms of the disease because it is not a death sentence.

“Our Governor has shown the right leadership. In fact, there’s no State in this country where a Governor has spearheaded the fight against coronavirus like our Governor has done.

“Our Governor has committed his time  and resources of the state  to make sure that Rivers State,” he  added.

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Rivers State Government Announces Closure Of Markets

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The Rivers State Government wish to draw the attention of the general public to the following:
(1) Oginiba Slaughter Market is no longer in existence for now. Government warns that anybody who goes there for any form of business will face the full wrath of the law.
(2) Oil Mill Market has been closed down. All those using Igbo-Etche Road as an alternative illegal market are hereby warned to desist forthwith or risk destruction of their goods.
(3) Mbiama Market has been closed down. Any attempt to continue trading activities there will lead to the complete destruction of the market.
(4) Government has not approved any Goat Market along Elele/Ahoada stretch of the East-West Road.
(5) The Chairmen of Emohua and Ahoada-East Local Government Areas are hereby directed to ensure that the illegal Goat Market along Elele/Ahoada stretch of the East- West Road is shut down immediately.
Paulinus Nsirim

Commissioner for Information and Communications.

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