Rivers commences demolition of houses for flyover project
The Rivers State Government has started demolishing properties in the state in order to make way for the repairs and expansion of the Rumuola flyover project in Obio/Akpor LGA of the state.
The State Commissioner for Works, Austin Chioma had earlier in a special government announcement disclosed that the demolition would commence today (Thursday).
Chioma said the Landlords whose property were affected should cooperate as they were also paid compensation. She also urged pedestrians to steer clear from the construction area for their safety.
However, during the exercise on Wednesday, owners of some of the demolished shops in the construction site appealed to the government for compensation saying only the landowners were paid.
One of the shop owners, Amos Joe who spoke to Punch News correspondent on Wednesday said he was surprised at the demolition exercise even as the government only compensated landowners leaving them to their fate.
"We were expecting that as they were paying compensation for the landowners, they will also do something for us. But they just settled the landlords and left the tenants. We are begging the governor to assist us", Joe said.
According to the Punch report, another shop owner, Ogechukwu said he was hopeful that he would return to the area once the project is completed.
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