Mayor Of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, Sir Allwell Ihunda has gone after several illegal crude oil refining sites in the old Port Harcourt township axis of the city as directed by Gov Nyesom Ezenwo Wike in his new year’s message to the people of Rivers State.
The Mayor who personally led a team he constituted from the local government council, accompanied by security agencies stormed the area to carry out the directives of the state government.
He said he has adopted a strategy that will go a long way in curbing the nefarious activities of some misguided individuals that is now having a negative effect on the environment.
He said part of the strategy which includes sensitization of those involved in the illicit business, is targeted at appealing to their conscience.
Ihunda warned them to desist forthwith from the harmful business as directed by the governor or be made to face the full wrath of the law in his next visit.
He warned the illegal business owners to dismantle the bunkering and crude oil refining sites in their localities, also stop the sale of Automotive Gas Oil, AGO also known as diesel on the streets.
“Gov Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has spent so much money to rehabilitate the entire roads in this axis, the diesel you sell on the road, when it spills destroys the asphalt, also contributed to several fire incidents we experienced in December.
“I have just come to tell you to comply with the governor’s directives, so we can remain partners in the development of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area”, he said.
Ihunda visited the New Road, Bende, Victoria, Bonny and the Dame Patience Jonathan (Creek Road) streets all in the old township where he warned street traders not to come out for business from tomorrow, he urged them to go back into the market for their trading activities, warning that anyone caught trading on the streets from tomorrow will be arrested and prosecuted.
He also issued a warning to landlords who rent out the spaces in front of their houses for trading activities that the state government will revoke their Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) for aiding illegalities.
The PHALGA Boss also visited several truck drivers unions in Port Harcourt to warn them to always move their trucks off the road after their transactions, he said his team will impound any truck found to have parked beyond 48hrs to the council headquarters on Moscow Road.
The Mayor who moved round the city speaking through a public address system told cart pushers that their activities have been summarily banned in the local government area, anyone caught will be prosecuted.
Ihunda said his administration is fully prepared for the task of returning Port Harcourt to it’s Garden city status.
Some of those that joined the Mayor on the assignment includes; the Deputy Mayor Hon. Ms Tamunotonye Douglas, Deputy Leader of the legislative council, Hon. Tamunoimimabo Christian, Chief Of Staff, Glory Oparaodu, Councillors of wards 5, 6, 11 and 12, Agama Joel Iyaye, Damiete Johnbull Jnr, Chinedu Wobo Ikunga and Chima Nsiegbe, Executive Assistant, Blessing Christopher Izim, Supervisors, Special Advisers including the legal adviser, Comfort Agumagu Esq, members of the Environmental Sanitation Committee and other retinue of political appointees.