Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike compensated traders of the burnt Fruit Garden Market, Port Harcourt. The Governor handed over bank drafts to the affected individuals over the weekend.
Speaking before he presented the bank drafts to the affected traders, Governor Wike stated that traders with shops got N400,000 (four hundred thousand naira) while traders who operate as attachment got N300, 000 (Three Hundred Thousand naira)
“Today, Government will compensate you, so that you can pick up your lives. We have the bank drafts because we don’t want you to be targeted by criminals. Go to the banks, open accounts and expand your businesses” he said
The governor charged the contractors to ensure that the market is completed within the next three months.
“We have paid 60percent of the contract sum. So, this market must be completed in three months. We have the funds to complete the market in record time. We are building a bigger and more beautiful market . All the affected traders must have their shops back, before the remaining shops are allocated to others” he said.
He said that governance is about trust and keeping to promises. He said that the Mile One Market was burnt under the Amaechi administration, but that administration failed to rebuild the market, despite promising the traders. He said during the campaign, he pledged to reconstruct the Mile One Market, pointing out that the market will be ready by December.