The Rivers State Commissioner for Energy and Natural Resources, Chinyere Igwe, says the ministry would investigate the cause of inferno of Tuesday, April 24, 2018 on a jetty in Woji Creek area of Port Harcourt. Mr. Igwe who spoke at the scene of the fire said anyone found guilty would be dealt with.
Special adviser to the Governor on pollution, Nwoke Anuocha, says he would follow the matter to a logical conclusion due to the involvement of the illegal oil fire refiners. “If we stop illegal oil refining, there would be nothing like soot in Port Harcourt. I know that Port Harcourt Refinery contributes but it’s quite a little. So let us do everything we can to stop illegal refining. The boats here are all filled with illegally refined products.”
Reports say the fire fighters spent a lot of time on Tuesday trying to quench the fire. Some officials of Ngoma Marine, the company that lost about four vessels to the fire blamed the activity of illegal refiners operating within the area.
One official told the Special Adviser to the Governor on Pollution who went there with the Commissioner of Energy and Natural Resources, Chinyere Igwe, that the illegal oil refiners were carrying out maintenance work on the boat when the fire was ignited.
He said his company had reported the activities of illegal refiners to the security agencies but that no action was taken. The paramount ruler of Woji community denied that his people collected levies from the illegal refiners.
Fire razes 7 shops in Port Harcourt
Goods worth thousands of naira were razed down following fire outbreak which affected about seven shops in Eluonwani area of Port Harcourt early Thursday morning. The fire which began in one of the shops was said to have started shortly after restoration of electricity to the area. It took the intervention of neighbours to stop the fire. Traders were seen counting their losses.