By George Onah
Port Harcourtâ€”Scores of residents of Abonema Wharf and Njemanze Waterfronts protested to Rivers State government House yesterday, following the state governmentâ€™s plan to demolish shanties within one month â€œfor a better accommodation for the peopleâ€.
But the government said the protest was instigated by political enemies and that â€œno amount of smear campaign by political opponents can derailâ€ its planned urban renewal programme for waterfront settlements in Port-Harcourt and Obio/Akpor councils.
Speaking to the aggrieved squatters, Secretary to the State Government, Magnus Ngei Abe, told the people that the continued existence of the contentious waterfront was creating security problems for the government, adding that there was need to build a healthy place for them.
â€œThere is no place in the world where people live in the kind of place you live now at Abonnema Wharf and it is the responsibility of government to change all that for the good of everyone”.