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New Slaughter House Excites Mgbuoshimini Community

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Since the siting of a new slaughter house in Mgbuoshimini Community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, the community is seriously undergoing serious urban renewal. The coastal town is actually an extension of Rumueme ancient community and shares border with Nkpor Town on the side of the river.
Since after the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike last year announced the siting of the new slaughter in the community, fresh efforts are being made to transform the area to meet the challenges that maybe created by the new facility.
Already, work has begun on the project on a massive land approximated to be over 15 plots of land just by the riverside. Sharing border with the new slaughter is an old riverside market called “Ahiamakara Market” known for its fresh fish and food products. Ahiamakara also has a small slaughter house where most of the meat sold around Agip Estate and Ada-George area are got from.
With the abattoir located near the river, experts believe it would provide natural drainage for the activities of the slaughter house that includes killing, roasting, packaging and selling of meat products.
The Tide gathered that the siting of the slaughter facility was carefully chosen after the state government had considered many options that include proximity to the town, riverside location and perhaps, ability to attract investors as major factors in locating the new facility.
Before now, the old slaughter house at the Trans-Amadi area had been under pressure as activities of butchers, meat buyers and other business had turned the area to a place of chaos and criminality. The huge traffic congestion created by their activities must have finally compelled the state government to relocate the facility to a more convenient area.
As at last year when the facility was pulled down following security intelligence, the area had become a den of criminals and all forms of social vices
To further prepare the area for the new facility, a fresh sand filling and reclamation work is now being done to create more land to accommodate huge business activities and other adjoining economic activities that will sprout in the community once the slaughter house kicks off.
Majority of the roads are being expanded to accommodate the traffic that will accompany the new slaughter house. As one approaches Mgbuo-shimini Junction, the road leading into the community branching into the Low Cost Housing Estate in Rumueme is being expanded. The road that forked into the community leading to Okocha Streets, Agip Road 3, Extention A Road, Odumini and Deeper Life Streets are currently being marked for expansion.
As at last year November when the roads were being marked for expansion, many residents of the area expressed hope that the slaughter house would attract development to Mgbuoshimini.
So far, butchering activities and other businesses have started relocating to the community with its attendant traffic snarl.
When The Tide visited the community, it discovered that a lot of Pay On Sale (POS) agents have sprouted along the major roads – a sign that business is on the increase.
One of the POS agents, who spoke to The Tide, Emmanuel Minimah, said in the past four months, the area has witnessed influx of people and business. “The slaughter house would make the place develop”, he said,” and it would be an opportunity for us as residents to make money because when people come and transact business, we would make money.”
Another POS agent and teacher, Veronica Nsikak expressed her excitement, “I’m very happy about the new slaughter house. It would make us have more customers”.
Nsikak told The Tide that her business has improved since last year since construction activities began on the site,” business is moving on well and I believe that after the slaughter will be completed, it would get better.”
Elizabeth Jackreece, grocery seller told The Tide that, “we are happy to see this kind of thing in Mgbuoshimini.
I believe the government knows this community is the best for this kind of project since there is no government presence these past years in this place.”
She further stated that, “we that sell foodstuffs would gain a lot as people come to buy meat and food items, they also patronise us.”
A butcher at the Ayamakara Market that shares border with the new slaughter house, Mr. Felix Udoh said, “I must tell you that I am happy with the new slaughter house, at least, it would encourage our business and meat sellers”.
He revealed that he learnt about the facility four months ago as he stressed the need for the contractor to speed up work, “I want to be among those that will sell in the new slaughter house,”he declared.
An older butcher, who gave his name as Baba Awara said he is more excited over the project. Awara told The Tide that he has been in Mgbuoshimini for 29 years, as he expressed hope that he be among those that would use the new slaughter house.
While commending the governor, Awara observed that roads in the community need to be expanded, “if the roads will be expanded to allow traffic to flow then it would be better.”
The butcher stressed the need for government to link Mgbuoshimini and Nkpor with a bridge so as to decongest the main Agip Road from huge traffic that has become a major challenge stretching to Ada-George Road. “Besides, that would help attract businesses into the community.”
In addition to that, he pointed out the need for security, “anything that has a good side also has a bad side “Awara stated,” so we need, presence of the police and other security agencies here because soon, some banks will start opening branches here and we need strong security to ensure people and businesses are protected.”
In the area of security, Chairman of Mgbuo-simini, Orazi Community Development Committee (CDC), Prince Richard Chuku assured that the area is secure, “We as a people will ensure that both the people and companies are secured. We are happy to host this project and we thank the governor for remembering us as a people.”
He told The Tide that since the project began, youths of the area have enjoyed job opportunities, and the security is intact here.”
Chuku emphasised that the slaughter house is a welcome project, “it is for the betterment of Mgbuoshimini. It will bring good things here and that is why we gave the land to ensure that it is sited here.”
He charged youths of the area to be peaceful and support government projects since they have a lot to gain from the facility when it kicks off.
On the other hand, he pleaded for a water facility as he lamented that the community does not have potable water, “we don’t have potable water and you know this kind of project needs good sanitation, if we get pipe borne water, most of the water borne diseases will be controlled and people would be much safe and healthier,” he stressed.

By: Kevin Nengia

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PH Pleasure Park: Fun Seekers Want Pedestrian Bridge

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Fun seekers and residents have called on the government and managers of the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park to construct a pedestrian bridge across Aba/Expressway into the facility.
The call is coming five years after the park was unveiled by the Rivers State Government.
The Tide Metro investigation reveals that many fun seekers and users of the park are exposed to danger as they cross the busy expressway from the other side of the road to the park.
Many parents and guardians who bring their children to the facility, mostly those without cars are at the mercy of fast moving vehicles, while taking their children across the road into the park.
A young mother of four, Patricia Umukwe told The Tide Metro that she brings her children at least every month end to have fun and relax in the park.
Umukwe however said she finds it very unsafe to take her four kids across the road from the side of the road, where the State ICT Centre and RSIEC office are located to the side where the park is located.
“Sometimes, I have to wait for five minutes to ensure it is safe for them to cross,” She said, while explaining her fears of upcoming traffic, what makes it more fearful is that it is an expressway and there are no zebra crossing or pedestrian bridge.”
A hawker that sells nose mask at the entrance of the park, Phillip Amadi told The Tide Metro that sometimes it is difficult to cross the expressway, especially on Sundays.
“Government needs to construct a foot bridge,” Amadi said, “So far I have not witnessed any accident since I started selling here, but for the sake of the children, there is need for a bridge.”
Francis Mark observed that a foot bridge is not only for children, “it should be for both adults and children”.
Mark, who was in the park with his girlfriend said there is need for three footbridges, “all the bending corners should have one” he said. The corners he suggested include the one intersecting G U Ake Road and another one from the corner of Bori Camp Army Barracks, with one crossing between the road directly opposite the park.
The young fun seeker also recommended construction of speed breakers across the precincts of the park, including stationing traffic wardens to help control traffic in order to help those who want to use the facility.
In addition to that, he suggested the presence of armed security men” I m not saying that there has been any criminal incident here, but just to prevent any from happening,” Mark added.
Another visitor to the park, Saviour Timothy observed that crossing Aba/ Expressway into the park is risky, “it takes time to cross the road even as an adult.”
Timothy urged the manager of the facility, Julius Berger to construct a pedestrian bridge for fun seekers to avert road accident.
A staff of the facility who gave his name as Elendu Ebere told The Tide Metro that, “Julius Berger does not have the power to build a pedestrian bridge. It is in the hands of the state government “.
He further explained that though Julius Berger had that in mind, it is only the state government that can approve such project,” besides, this is a federal road, and so before such project, there has to be an agreement between the state and federal governments.
From investigations, not fewer than 2,000 persons visit the park during weekends and this might increase overtime during special holidays.
Today, the park is acclaimed to be one of the best in the country, since it was conceived and built by the Nyesom Wike administration in 2017 to boost tourism and entertainment in the state.
The park boasts of having modern recreational facilities for both children and adults, including a cinema, game halls, and restaurant.

By: Kevin Nengia

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Old Girls Hold Open Day In PH

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Old girls of former Government Girls Secondary School, Harbour Road, now Methodist Girls School lightened old Port Harcourt Township as part of their activities for the School Open Day.
The programme forms part of their yearly reunion.
The Alumni who were drawn from Set 70s and below were dressed in their school uniforms to celebrate what they termed as Open Day.
The school which is now christened MGHS following hand over of some secondary schools back to Christian religious organisations in the state had celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018.
The celebration heralded the formal registration of the alumni as a global association with chapters within and beyond the shores of Rivers State and Nigeria.
That 60th Anniversary celebration also midwifed the inauguration of her pioneer executives.
Last year, COVID-19 pandemic had led to shift of the event as most programmes slated were cancelled.
The association had planned to embark on the programme for the betterment of the school and students in particular.
With the ease of the pandemic, a much lighter event at a smaller scale was held to reduce crowd last year.
It was not surprising that this year’s Open Day celebration which was slated for the 14th of May witnessed several activities which covered teachers, students and alumnus interaction.
Activities ranging from registration, free medical checkups, administration of medications and counselling were also done.
Medical talks tagged “Know Your Numbers” and the “Silent blinder” were held by medical personnel from University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH).
The old and present girls hit the road with a march past along the Harbour Road Axis to the popular Lagos bus stop upto the Railway Station bus stop axis, that leads back to the school.
The celebration continued with the commissioning of the associations secretariat in the school premises, display of various entertainment from the MGHS students.
Goodwill messages from other alumni associations, award of meritorious service to Alumni from the various decades of the associations, gifts to outstanding students, and to climax the activities was an interactive session with the students who were asked to say some of the challenges they face academically, emotionally, mentally and physically.
This aspect of the programme was the icing on the cake which witnessed the asking of some salient questions which the children admitted would have been difficult for them to ask ordinarily.
According to Mrs Ilanye Jumbo, spokesperson of the association, the 2022 maiden Open Day celebration was aimed at giving back to the school and the society at large.

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Police Arrest One In Diobu Cult Clash

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One person was feared killed when suspected members of a cult group clashed in the Mile One Diobu axis of in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
It was gathered that the clash involved the D12 and BS members of the Degbam cult group.
A source, who narrated the incident to The Tide Metro said gunfire was heard within Akwuzu Street in Mile One, as residents scampered into their houses.
“Suddenly, people started running in different directions. Then, I heard gunshots. I think they shot someone. The man the suspected cultists shot ran some distance and later fell down. The people that shot him entered their vehicle and zoomed off,” the source who preferred anonymity added.
A member of a vigilante group, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Tide Metro that the suspected cultists were armed with dangerous weapons.
He described the attack as a reprisal, noting that the suspected cultists went in search of a rival group believed to be responsible for the killing of one of their members last week.
It was, however, learnt that some policemen from the Divisional Police Headquarters in Diobu went to the scene and reportedly evacuated the corpse of the slain suspected cultist.
Acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state police command, Grace Iringe-Koko confirmed the incident, saying investigation was on to apprehend the suspects.
She said, “Yes, we are aware of the incident. We are still investigating to apprehend the suspects and make them face justice.”
Meanwhile, the police have arrested a notorious cultist who robs bolt drivers and club girls in Diobu area.
The Azikiwe Police Division at Iloabuchi, Mile 2 had on Wednesday arrested the suspect called Tallest who was linked to Dewell cult group at Azikiwe Street.
Tallest or Collins was said to be on police watch list for allegedly committing crime ranging from cultism, robbing of bolt drivers and club girls.
A combined team of security operatives led by Azikiwe Police Division, acting on credible intelligence stormed his hideout at the early hours of Wednesday and arrested him with three others.
The Tide Metro gathered that security operatives intensified search for the suspect after his gang members three weeks ago, in a bid to ensure his escape from security operatives who arrested him for robbery allegation in a brothel popularly known as 49 at Ojoto, Mile 2, attacked the security operatives with guns and other dangerous weapons which led to his escape.
A security source who spoke to The Tide Metro on anonymity disclosed that the suspect’s modus operandi is to book taxi or bolt drivers and later takes his victims to ride around town on gun point, and dispossess them of their valuables.
The suspect, it was also learnt visits high profile clubs in Port Harcourt, where under the pretence of patronising female commercial sex workers lurking around clubs. Once his victim agrees on a price, he takes her to a secluded area and robs her of her valuables, after having rounds of sex with them without paying them.
When contacted on phone, State Police public Relations Officer, DSP, Grace Oringe Koko told The Tide Metro that she would get back to give more details of the incidence.
Tide Metro however learnt the suspect has been transferred from Azikiwe Police Station to the Force Tactical Police Unit for thorough investigations and possible prosecution.

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