Governor Wike Directs Council Chairmen to Close Down Illegal Crude Oil Sites
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State directs the Chairmen of Council particularly Port Harcourt to close down all the illegal crude oil sites with immediate effect.
He has also directed Council Chairmen and community leaders to locate, identify and report to his office all those behind illegal crude oil bunkering activities in their locality for prosecution.
Governor Wike came out with this during his new year message to the people of Rivers State saying this directive stems from the failure of the federal government and security agencies to prosecute those behind illegal oil refining in the state.
The governor said the state government has made several appeals to persons engaging in these illegal activities to consider its negative effect on the economy, public safety and public health and disengage from it.
The Rivers State governor assured that his administration would continue to do its best to meet the aspirations of citizens for a more peaceful, safe and secured society throughout the year 2022.
He added that to make the state safer, from the second week of January 2022, the government would begin the demolition of all shanties and crime spots in Port Harcourt particularly the areas of Diobu.
The governor warned that all those resuming trading activities at the closed Oginigba Slaughter area, have one week to vacate or risk being arrested and charged to court.
Governor Wike stated that the government would take over properties in the old and new Government Reservation Area, GRA and some parts of Port Harcourt City and Obio-Akpor that have been hijacked by criminals.
He directed the Chairmen of Port Harcourt, Ikwerre, Obio-Akpor and Oyigbo Councils to within three weeks impound any trailer or vehicle parked on the street beyond 48hours in their various jurisdictions.