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Rivers: Mile One, Fruit Garden Markets Set For Commissioning …Traders Hail Wike

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As the newly constructed Rumuwoji (Mile One) Market and the Fruit Garden Market in Port Harcourt get set for commissioning, a cross section of traders in both markets have hailed the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for delivering on his promise to complete the projects on schedule.
The traders spoke during a Government House press tour of the facilities in Port Harcourt, last Monday.
The traders, who described Wike as a high-performing administrator that fulfils all his promises, thanked him for the markets.
The Rumuwoji (Mile One) Market is an architectural masterpiece, with very modern facilities to aid trading in a very conducive environment.
It has quality security infrastructure, water sprinklers to fight fire, fire station, cold room, clinic and storage facilities.
Speaking to newsmen, General Manager of SPG Construction, Bassam Dahdah, said that construction work on the project started in August, 2017, with all facilities in the market completed around February, 2019.
He said that the market was ready for commissioning.
SPG Construction is the construction company handling the Rumuwoji (Mile One) Market project.
A trader, Kate Ako described the governor as a wonderful leader who heard the cry of the traders and intervened when they needed him most, adding that the market was one of the best in the country.
Another trader, Chuks Emenike said that the traders were happy that the Rivers State governor kept his promise to deliver an international market.
He said: “We, the entire traders of Mile One Market earnestly thank our amiable governor for building the best market for us. He promised he will do it, and he has done it”.
The Chairman of Rumuwoji (Mile One) Market Union, Mr Eze Ndubueze said the governor would always be appreciated by Rivers traders for his commitment to their welfare.
“The effort of Governor Wike as far as this market is concerned is excellent. This is the best market around. On behalf of the traders, I am telling the Rivers State governor, thank you. God will bless and keep him”, he said.
Also speaking, another trader, Mrs McDonald Ngozi said that Wike cannot be compared to any other leader because of his truthful nature and love for the delivery of quality projects, stressing that the Mile One Market was a testament of the governor’s commitment to his people.
Denibo Briggs said all traders were solidly behind the governor for delivering an amazing market to them.
Meanwhile, the Fruit Garden Market at D-Line in Port Harcourt has taken shape with key facilities now in place.
The market has open and lock up shops.
It also has a perimeter fence, a car park, warehouses and security features for the protection of the market.
The Chairman of Fruit Garden Market Traders Union, Mr Chigozie Nnodim praised Governor Wike as the best thing to have happened to Rivers traders.
He said: “Since the market got burnt, the governor has carried us along. He empowered us with money to re-start our businesses after the loss. He promised to reconstruct the market, and he has delivered a wonderful structure. We are looking forward to occupying the market”.
The Task Force Chairman of Fruit Garden Market, Abubakar Kebbi, expressed happiness that the governor has delivered the market to the traders.
A trader at the market, Nkechi Amadi said the construction of the Fruit Garden Market was a wonderful achievement, and praised the Rivers State governor for living up to his promise.
Also speaking, Austina Achomadu said that the leadership style of Governor Wike was unique.
“I have seen different governors, but Nyesom Wike is the best. This market is a great effort”.

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Wike Gives Taskforce Marching Orders On Street Trading, Illegal Markets

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has inaugurated the state’s Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal Markets and Motor Parks, with a charge to the task force to sanitise the streets and return Port Harcourt to its Garden City status.
Inaugurating the committee, last Wednesday, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Wike said that the task force was a product of law, following his assent to the Rivers State Street Trading, Illegal Markets & Motor Parks (Prohibition) Bill No. 8 of 2019.
The governor, who had earlier in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, appointed with immediate effect, Mr Bright Amaewhule, as the Special Assistant to the Governor and Coordinator, Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal Markets and Motor Parks, said that all the operatives of the task force have been profiled by the Department of State Services (DSS) and the police, while those found wanting have been flushed out.
Wike insisted that henceforth, every appointment that he would make, must pass through security checks, adding that this would enable him have thorough knowledge of the security profile of whoever he would be giving appointment.
He said: “Every appointment I will make now must pass through security. I want to know who is who”.
Wike explained that the reason government sent the task force members to the State Security Services and the police for screening was for proper identification and to ensure that government did not take people who will put it in trouble, and assured that more appointments would be made into the task force to replace those screened out by the security agencies.
He said: “All of us love the state and we must love it fully. Not in half measures. When we build roads, before you know what is happening, the roads are taken over by street traders and illegal motor parks.
“The task force has the responsibility of cleaning up the streets. Ensure that nobody trades on roads. You must wear your vests and identity cards during your work period”, he emphasised.
He said that mobile courts have been established on a zonal basis, and directed the task force operatives to take arrested street traders, mechanics and illegal motor park operators to the mobile courts were offenders would be tried, jailed or fined.
The work of the members is to arrest offenders and take them before the mobile courts in each zones.

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CACOL Faults EFCC’s Raid On Ambode’s Residence

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The Executive Chairman, Centre for Anti-corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL), Mr. Debo Adeniran, has faulted the action of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in allowing themselves be used by some perceived political enemies to raid the country home of former Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode in Epe area of Lagos.
Adeniran spoke, yesterday, during an interview on Arise TV’s Morning Show, where he picked holes in the selective method of the investigation by the anti-corruption agency.
It would be recalled that, last Tuesday, EFCC raided the residence of Ambode in Ikoyi and Epe over allegations of corruption, but could not find anything incriminating.
But Adeniran said, “That account we were told is the account of the Lagos State Government. It is not a functional account for the former governor or anybody in that government, and that is because it has to be operated. Nobody is above the law actually, and we are not saying that if any corruption issues are developed against the former governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, that he should not be investigated or brought to justice.
“The reason why we have to believe that you have to connect with it is that, that is the only corruption allegation that has been levelled against the former governor. And we don’t have anything against that, if on reasonable ground that have reasons to believe that maybe the cash is starched in that house just like that found in Osborne’s house, Falomo, Ikoyi or shopping complex. They could raid the place and they can break it down if they refuse to open the place. But then, you have to have reasonable reasons to do that too zealous to protect one of their own, that might be the reason.

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INEC’s Claim Of Not Having Place For Data Storage, Laughable -PDP

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The Executive Chairman, Centre for Anti-corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL), Mr. Debo Adeniran, has faulted the action of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in allowing themselves be used by some perceived political enemies to raid the country home of former Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode in Epe area of Lagos.
Adeniran spoke, yesterday, during an interview on Arise TV’s Morning Show, where he picked holes in the selective method of the investigation by the anti-corruption agency.
It would be recalled that, last Tuesday, EFCC raided the residence of Ambode in Ikoyi and Epe over allegations of corruption, but could not find anything incriminating.
But Adeniran said, “That account we were told is the account of the Lagos State Government. It is not a functional account for the former governor or anybody in that government, and that is because it has to be operated. Nobody is above the law actually, and we are not saying that if any corruption issues are developed against the former governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, that he should not be investigated or brought to justice.

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