Rivers State Government has commenced demolition of shanties used to produce counterfeit bottled water, carbonated soft drinks and alcoholic beverages at Nkpogu, Port Harcourt.
Governor of the State, Nyesom Wike, said the Rivers State government will acquire the land as the shanties are also known to be used by criminals for other nefarious activities.
Wike, said he had received credible intelligence report that some criminal network involved in counterfeiting of bottled water, carbonated soft drinks and acholic beverages were operating in the area and that no government that is very responsible and responsive, will allow illicit production of counterfeit bottled water and drinks to take place within its jurisdiction.
Wike noted that several unsuspecting persons have been afflicted with deadly diseases after innocently purchasing fake products produced by the miscreants operating from the Nkpogu shanties.
He said, “If you look at the area where we are, it is criminal hideout and I will not waste time immediately to demolish the area. In fact, this will take place in the next two days.”
The Governor said his administration will not relent to rid Port Harcourt and its environs of shanties.
“I cannot believe that people can turn the whole Port Harcourt to a gabbage city instead of a Garden City. It is unacceptable to me. Like I have always said no decision you take will be favourable to everybody.
“But as far as we are concerned, one will take the right decision and the right thing must be done. We are going to clear all these shanties.”
“Port Harcourt is known to be a Garden City not a gabbage city and for anybody to tell me that I will be governor and see this kind of thing happen inside Port Harcourt metropolis, its unacceptable to me. Government is taking over this place.”