… To Move Petrol Tankers From City Centre
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike Of Rivers State Directs Sanitation Service Providers To Commence Work Immediately To Clear All Dump Sites Even As He Directs Petrol Tanker Drivers To Relocate.
In a bid to rid Port Harcourt City of huge refuse dump sites occasioned by four months contract payment arrears owed by the immediate past administration , Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State has directed sanitation service providers to commence work immediately to clear all dump sites.
The governor gave the directive on Wednesday at the Government House, Port Harcourt during a meeting with Sanitation Service Providers. He assured the service providers that since government is a continuum, he will take immediate steps to start processing payment for the service providers. Nyesom Wike noted that the negative environmental impact of the huge refuse sites necessitated the need for the interface to find lasting solutions to the problem. He, however, regretted that the service providers chose to withdraw their services few days to his inauguration, saying that such action meant that there were other reasons outside outstanding payment for their decision. “I cannot in my clear conscience allow you to be owed. I assure you that we will start the process for the payment of the funds you are owed.
However, we cannot pay all at once. “You were owed for four months by the previous administration and you waited for the point when we were to be inaugurated to withdraw your services. It gives one the feeling that the withdrawal was beyond the issue of payment. Now that we have met, get down to work and clean up Port Harcourt “, Wike said. He stated that he will continue to monitor the streets of Port Harcourt to ensure compliance.
Responding, spokesman for the Service Providers, Mr George Okeya assured the governor that they will get to work immediately. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has concluded plans to stop the indiscriminate parking of petroleum tankers along Aba road in Port Harcourt to forestall any fire disaster in the area. The governor said the move was aimed at protecting members of the public from unexpected fire accidents since the petroleum tankers park along residential and office areas.
The governor spoke on Wednesday when he met with deport managers, petroleum mangers and leaders of the transport unions. He said that the state government would work out the relocation of the parking space for the tanker drivers will also resolve the traffic gridlock experienced on the route. Nyesom Wike said that a joint inspection of the alternative parking space for Tanker Drivers at Iriebe Park will be undertaken on Thursday.
He said tanker drivers will be expected to operate a call system that will enable them be in touch with the depots instead of parking on the road. He said: “We are taking these measures to forestall any accidents or disaster along Aba road where these tankers park. Should anything happen along the road, there could be loss of lives and property. “We are being proactive by calling this meeting to decongest the road and relocate the tankers”. The governor noted that as a long term measure, the government will consider relocating the tank farms in future. In his remarks, Ogbonna Onyekachi of Avidor Oil and Gas told the governor that they will cooperate with his administration to relocate the tankers.