The Rivers State Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal Motor Parks and Markets says three of its personnel have been suspended on grounds of corruption.
The Task Force Coordinator, Bright Amaewhule, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
Amaewhule said the three officials were suspended for aiding and loading of commercial buses and taxis at restricted locations in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.
He used the opportunity to call on some executive members of the Rumuokoro units of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to stop operation over their alleged involvement in illegality.
According to him, “We said that nobody carries any passenger again from Rumuokoro roundabout to Choba. You must take your passengers straight to the park and then you must offload in the park.
”We also said that if you are coming from Choba axis. You must not pass the park to offload your passengers because passing the park to offload your passengers towards the roundabout is what causes the hold up around the roundabout.
”I have sighted my taskforce members, those working at the Rumuokoro axis about five of them in the presence of the leader of that zone allowing the loading and offloading of passengers at that same point.
Consequently, the following persons, three of them in Rumuoko zone have been suspended until further notice,” Amaewhule stated.
While admitting reports of compromise against some of his men at some locations across the state, he assured that offenders will be adequately punished accordingly.
”This is a clear warning to every taskforce member. We know that every day is for the thief and one day for the owner of the house. So I have been sounding several warnings.
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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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