Traders in Rivers said they had lost goods worth millions of naira following the demolition of the Rumuwoji market in Port Harcourt by the state government.
The President-General, Rivers State Traders Union, Mr. Eddy Bright, told newsmen in Port Harcourt on Monday that Rumuwoji Market demolition came as a shock to the traders.
The state government on Friday demolished the structure being temporarily occupied by the traders.
Some traders were allocated spaces at the temporary market because there were not enough stalls at the completed phase of the Mile One Market in Port Harcourt.
Bright said that the traders were unable to remove their wares because the demolition came unannounced.
“No trader removed a pin; no trader knew that demolition will take place, so, goods worth several millions of naira were destroyed.’’
He called on the state government to set up a joint committee to ascertain the losses incurred by the traders. Mr. Bright urged the traders at Rumuwoji market to remain calm and await the outcome of the union’s meeting with the state government.
“We are sure of meeting with the government; we are also sure of arriving at a favourable decision,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, former President Goodluck Jonathan has declared that Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike has performed creditably well since assuming office.
Jonathan made the comment during his visit to the state’s capital Port Harcourt on Saturday, March 18. Governor Wike led the former president around projects such as the new amphitheatre, the Government House Chapel, Restored Brick House (former seat of power in Rivers state), new corridor of power and extended landscape.
Addressing journalists at the Government House, Port Harcourt after inspecting the projects Jonathan praised the governor for keeping the torch shinning by his exemplary performance, which has justified his election by the people of Rivers state.
“I am part of Rivers state. I grew up in Rivers state and Bayelsa was carved out of Rivers state. Also, my wife is from Rivers state. Today, is my first day of visiting Rivers state since Wike assumed office as governor. Twenty two months down the line, I am quite impressed with what I have seen.
“First, I heard so much, people have told me of the changes in Port Harcourt. I was told that I can’t even recognise the roads to where I used to live. As we drove into the city, I noticed that he has done very well in various areas.
“One thing I must commend Wike is that he has positive traits. I always believe that wherever you find yourself, add value. Governor Wike has added value in Rivers state. He has done weĺl to show his signature.
“Wike has taken us round. We have seen how he has ptransformed the Brick House and maintain that Brick House. We saw the changes he has made in some places in the Governmenr House, including building an amphitheatre, a new chapel for worship, relaxing places and general beautification.
If you are the chief executive of an institution, you stay for two years and you add no value, then you have no vision. Wike is doing well and we commend him. He is a good representative of the PDP who is committed to developing his people.”