The pioneer Chairman of Ogbum-Nu-Abali Fruit Garden Market, Mr Patrick Anyanwu, says Governor Nyesom Wike, has saved many souls by rebuilding and giving N400,000 to each of the traders whose goods and shops were destroyed during the inferno that engulfed the market.
Mr Anyanwu, who said this during an interview with The Tide recently in Port Harcourt, described the Governor as a good and kind leader with humility and sensitivity, noting that his gesture saved many families whose hopes of livelihood would have been precarious after the fire incident.
According to him, “there is no governor like Wike who has done that he did in Rivers State. He saved a lot of lives. When the market was gutted by fire, he gave each of the traders N400,000 and now he has rebuilt the market. All efforts by the church close to the market to buy the land failed curtseys of Wike, we thank him graciously”.
He urged governors of other states and future Governors of the state to emulate Wike’s leadership style and charged traders of the market to reciprocate his kind gesture by keeping the environment and the structures clean, and also imbibe the spirit of maintenance culture in order to attract more good things to themselves, while giving their unalloyed support and cooperation to the Wike-led government.
Anyanwu used the opportunity to appeal to the Governor for the canalization of the Rumuomoi-Rumuorosi-Rumuola-Rukuruka river to save the residents of the area from the incessant flooding experienced during rains, noting that the situation has for years caused several untold damages to the people.
Anyanwu, who is also the Vice Chairman of a street environmental committee in Rumuomoi community, said several appeals to previous administrations concerning the problem of flooding in the area did not yield result.
“The people residing around this area will be very happy if the Governor, well known for his listening ear and projects execution, comes to their aid in this regard”, he said.
Also speaking, the chairman, tomato section of the market, Mr Fubara Mathew who appealed that the main traders should be allocated the shops before members of the host community to give them a sense of belonging and thanked the Governor for his kind gesture.
A one-time secretary of the market, Mr Vincent Okeh, enjoined the Fruit Garden Market traders not to do anything that would destroy the good work done by the Governor, saying “you must reciprocate the work and keep the market clean, obey the rules and regulations of the market and be law-abiding in all your dealings at the market”.
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The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), says it is yet to establish any link between oil leaks and death fishes that float and litter the Atlantic coastline across the Niger Delta region.
The agency said it was coordinating a multi-agency investigation, aimed at unraveling the cause of the reported massive death of fishes within the nation’s territorial waters and was looking beyond the oil industry.
Director-General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa, told newsmen in a telephone chat on Wednesday in Yenagoa, that investigation was already ongoing in spite the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to Musa, officials of NOSDRA deployed from Warri, Yenagoa and Port Harcourt have conducted site visits to the Atlantic coastline in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers to collect water and fish samples for tests.
”NOSDRA carried out a reconnaissance of the area in Delta where we first got the report through a member of a non- governmental organisation.
“There is no incident of oil spill within the area of reported dead fishes, notwithstanding that a few dead fishes were seen along the shoreline.
“The event of recent days where the death of fishes in large numbers make it expedient to look beyond oil spillage as the likely cause of death of fishes in such large numbers,” he said.
Musa said that the agency collected samples of water, sediments and some of the dead fishes for laboratory testing, and in doing so, brought on board other relevant government agencies that have mandate on the territorial waters, in particularly the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) and the Federal Institute of Fisheries Research.
“Also, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for all hands on deck assessment of the possible cause or causes of death of the fishes in such large numbers,” Musa said.
The NOSDRA chief executive said that the results of ongoing laboratory analysis would be compared with results from the participating agencies to profer an effective solution and ensures a more stringent regulation in future.
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