TAM to boost Rivers economy
Some stakeholders in Rivers State have declared support for the turn-around-maintenance (TAM) in the Port Harcourt Refinery by the Federal Government. The former president of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUPENG) Achese Igwe, in an interview with correspondents described the plan as a welcome development. Achu Igwe said the planned TAM, when done, would stabilize the economy of Rivers State and boost its Internal Revenue Generation. On his part, the chairman of the Port Harcourt Refinery unit of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association, Emmanuel Oyimba, said the link would end the scarcity of diesel and gasoline products in Rivers State. Some Port Harcourt-based Environmental Right activists said the turnaround maintenance would end the illegal refining of petroleum products popularly called ‘Kpo-fire’ in the Niger Delta Region.
Elechi Beach and Afikpo residents get police asurances
Residents of Elechi and Afikpo Water fronts who have cried out against incessant attacks have received police assurances, for whatever it is worth.
The residents had cried saying they now live in fear due to incessant attacks by suspected cultists. Some of the victims told our correspondent that they now keep vigil due to sustained attacks. They have appealed to police authorities in Port Harcourt to beef up security around the water fronts.
The police spokesperson, Nnamdi Omoni, while reacting to the incident warned the hoodlums operating in the area to repent or be ready to face the full wrath of the law. He said the police would fish out the perpetrators of the attacks at the water fronts.