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Rivers To Compensate Abonnema Wharf Landlords

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PORT HARCOURT, May 17, (THEWILL) - In a bid to eradicate slum dwelling in Port Harcourt metropolis and its environs, the Rivers State government has announced plans to encourage residents to live in Water Front.

Commissioner for Urban Development, Barrister Tammy Danagogo, in an interview with newsmen in his office, said over 800 landlords of Abonnema Wharf Water Front will benefit from the scheme.

Danagogo stated that various house valuers were contracted to properly estimate the worth of properties of each landlord.

The Urban Renewal boss reiterated that demolition of the city will be extended to other parts, including Railway quarters and Bundu Water Front among others, promising that due process and natural justice would be followed while every complaint would be taken care of in order to ensure the happiness of every stakeholder.

“The government will try to re-orientate the people and direct its residents not to purchase land that has not been surveyed anywhere in the city,” he said, adding that “a total of about N0.1billion has been earmark for disbursement to landlords who meet the necessary equipment of the government, which includes the license of their properties, driving license and any valid identity card.”

Also speaking at the briefing, Commissioner for Information, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari assured the landlords that it wasn’t the intention of the state government to allow its citizens live in slum, and urged the people to cooperate.