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PH City Under Pangs Of Adulterated, Scarce Fuel

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For the past one week, most roads in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor metropolis are now relatively free from the usual gridlock that appears to be a landmark of routes such as Mile 3, Wimpey Junction, some part of Aba Roads up to Rumuola and Hotel Presidential Port Harcourt.
The situation is not because of new expanded routes or presence of traffic wardens, but due to fuel scarcity that is hard hitting transporters and vehicle owners. The Tide investigations reveal that most of the vehicles are either packed up or are on queue in filling stations.
Two weeks ago, many residents and transporters raised alarm of adulterated fuel in circulation. Many vehicles, including power generating plants packed up with the adulterated petroleum product.
Mr. Clement Wakama told The Tide that he was a victim. ” The fuel looks normal”, Wakama said, ” by the time you pour it into your generator, you will see water settling at the bottom and you know that once water enters your carburetor, the engine knocks.”
A manager of one of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)-owned fuel station who preferred anonymity confirmed that actually there was adulterated Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) , also known as fuel that was in circulation, noting that “we, in the government-owned station don’t sell such product.”
The NNPC fuel station manager was of the belief that news of the adulterated fuel may also be a fluke by some marketers to make money. “Nobody actually knows the truth how the product came about, but it has led to panic buying and hoarding of products”.
Just last weekend, panic buying and hoarding spread across the city as long queues began to grow in most of the filling stations visited by The Tide.
At Conoil Petrol Station by Education bus stop in Mile 1 Diobu, and which is the only station selling fuel along the Mile 3 to Mile 1 axis, many buyers were seen scrambling with their jerry cans and vehicles to get fuel.
Mr. Jake Orji told The Tide that he had been on queue for 30minutes to get the products. ” We are used to this kind of thing and it’s unfortunate. They created fake fuel, they created artificial scarcity”.
Orji lamented that the authorities are not helping the masses with the situation on ground, as he disclosed that he was not a victim of the adulterated fuel. I usually buy my fuel from the filling stations”.
In the old Port Harcourt town axis of the metropolis, only the NNPC Mega station was found selling products and Metro Tide investigation reveals that they still sell at the official pump price of N162.
The NNPC fuel station in town axis had a long queue and with vehicles causing traffic congestion few metres from the Lagos Bus Stop. Activities of black marketers are also visible along the Azikiwe Road axis as one drives up to Station bus stop along the area.
The black marketers often sit with their jerry cans and long hand made funnels, rush to meet vehicles that come to buy products. One of them told The Tide that he managed to have gotten product from the NNPC station at the official pump price of #162 per litre but sells at 250 per litre to his customers.
At Conoil Filling Station Education bus stop in Diobu, a litre of fuel sells for N190 according to Mr. Wakama,” there is no fuel in the whole of town axis, I had to come down here to buy”
Metro Tide survey reveals that since the fuel scarcity began, many marketers sell at varied prices outside the official rate. Some sell at N200, N165 and while others sell at 180 depending on the area of the metropolis.
With the current situation many commercial transporters are mulling rise in transport fare. Musa Brown, who is transport manager at Sam Jaja Foundation said,” for now, we are doing humanitarian work because aside the high cost of fuel, motor parts are also expensive.
“So, if we follow the rise in fuel price and cost of motor parts, we can’t continue with our old transport fare. And soon, we may increase our fares if the situation persists,” Brown said.
For now, the usual transport fare from Agip to Mile 1 is still, N100, while from Education bustop to Lagos bustop is N50.
Minor fare increments were observed between Mile 3 to Rumuokoro routes where bus drivers blame the gridlock at Wimpey junction for the fare increment from the usual N100 to N150.
Another commercial transporter, and owner of a private park in Mile 1, Chief Francis Egbeinyefaa regretted the situation,” we that are plying inter-state between Yenagoa to Port Harcourt are seriously affected, ” it is only few filling stations that are selling.”
Mr Egbinyefaa said for now, they have not increased their fares which still hovers between N1,200 to N1,500 depending on the type of vehicle boarded, adding that, ” we have passengers but vehicles are few because there is no fuel.”
He, however, hinted that if the situation persists, they might be forced to increase fares for commuters.
Meanwhile, some filling stations in Port Harcourt, due to the fear of possible scarcity of petrol have shut down and fear continues to grow. Some car owners expressed shock over the imminent scarcity of petrol and complained of buying fuel for as much as N180 per litre in some parts of the state.

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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