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Demolition: Threat to life won’t deter me, says Rivers’ Commissioner

By George Onah
Port Harcourt— Stunned by the barrage of text messages from unknown persons threatening to kill him over his ministry’s planned demolition of waterfronts and illegal structures in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Commissioner for Urban Development, Mr. Osima Ginah, said he would not be frightened by the threats.

Ginah, who disclosed the development in Port Harcourt, while meeting with some elders of the land, led by Chief Allen Opunjiakor, vowed that he would continue the exercise with renewed zeal but within the ambits of the law so as to implement a stellar blue print for urban development in the state.

“I  am ready to die for Rivers State if need be and no amount of threat to my life or any obstacle or intimidation in any form will deter me from carrying out my legal task, both as a commissioner of Rivers State government or as a son of the state.

“Let me announce that if restoring the city of Port Harcourt back to its garden city status and pursuing a design that will free the city of every criminal tendency and make it one of the revered cities in Nigeria will cause me my life, then I am ready to lay it,” Ginah vowed.

Ginah, who described the threats to his life as an unnecessary distraction, said “as a Christian, I know that God made my appointment to serve in this administration possible, I would not rest on my oars as long as I have this confidence”.

“In addition, the governor’s support has served to make all these challenges worthwhile as we all join hands to move the state to the next level and make Port Harcourt and Rivers State the state and land of our dream”.

He refuted claims that his ministry was being used to witch-hunt real or imagined enemies of government, explaining that government’s urban development initiatives, including the waterfront demolition, were well thought out plans for the good of the state.

The commissioner was of the view that the developmental strategy was geared towards creating an enabling environment for commerce, where human and capital development will thrive well.


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