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Anyone Caught Throwing Refuse Inappropriately Will Be Dealt With – Rivers State Governor

Nyesom Wike, the Governor of the oil-rich state, Rivers state, put a ban on the disposal of refuse on the streets and open spaces for both the old and new GRA in Port Harcourt and Obio Akpor Local Government Area. 

Nyesom Wike said that the Rivers state government will revoke certificates of occupancy for people who do not have approved refuse disposal bins in front of their houses for both old and new government residential areas [GRA] or if they so much as catch any Nigerian from those houses who throws away refuse on the street or open spaces. 

The Governor added that they are reviewing the refuse disposal policies for the state to make them more effective so people will bear with them. 

Nyesom Wike also banned street trading within and around Birabi Street, GRA Junction up to Tombia Street, Hotel Presidential, Rumuola Junction, surroundings and under the flyover, surrounding and under the flyover, Rumuogba Junction, Okoronodu Junction, surrounding and under the flyover. 

Nyesom Wike also added that they will continue demolition of shanties in some identified crime hot-spots in Port Harcourt Township and the Iloabuchi area of Diobu from the second week of this month to make Rivers state safer. 

The Governor said they will not spare people who contribute to flooding in Port Harcourt and Obio Akpor by blocking drainage channels with illegal land filling, blocking natural water, reclamation of wetlands and construction. 

He said that the state government will collect and restore reclaimed wetlands and all landfill, and demolish all structures built on natural water channels starting from the Eastern bypass area up to Abana and Eleme streets in Old GRA. 

The Governor also said that the Rivers state government will take over incomplete buildings and vacant plots of land in the old and new GRA in parts of Port Harcourt and Obio Akpor as criminals are starting to use them. 

And they will reallocate them to people who will develop and put them into effective use.

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