By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”A group of prominent natives of Rivers State under the aegis of RiversÂ Elders CouncilÂ have endorsed the planned demolition of water fronts in the state capital by the government.
According to a statement from the Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Grant Osuigbo, chairman of the forum, Chief Victor Odili, who spoke to the press after meeting with the state government in Government House, Port Harcourt, said they also resolved thatÂ government should pay commensurate compensation to property owners in the water fronts marked for demolition and the demolition should be done in phases.
â€œWe agree that government should demolish the waterfronts in Port Harcourt, but compensation should be paid to the affected people and it should be done in phases,â€ the statement said.
According to the statement, the deputy governor who stood in for Governor Rotimi Amaechi thanked the elders for the support.
It would be recalled that the planned demolition has been suffering attacks from the Okrika Ijaw in the state. They recently dragged the state government to court over the issue where the court directed the government to stay action on the demolition until October 13 when the court would sit to determine if it has jurisdiction on the issue.
Meanwhile, demolition of Njemanze water front in Port Harcourt continued yesterday.