By Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has approved the immediate reconstruction of the Fruits and Vegetables Market in D/Line, Port Harcourt which was gutted by fire recently.
The governor also approved the release of compensation to traders who were affected by the inferno at the market.
In an interview yesterday, Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor on Special Projects, Dax George Kerley, stated that contractors would be mobilised to site on Tuesday next week, while actual construction would start on Wednesday , October 24.
According to Kerley, the new Fruit and Vegetables Market will have four buildings (one storey each) and eight buildings (bungalow), designed to promote commercial activities.
Other facilities in the market include: 232 Open Stalls, 72 Lock Up Shops, Toilet Blocks, car park, drainage, internal roads, a warehouse, generator, transformer, perimeter fence and a security house.
He said Wike approved the release of N400,000 compensation to each of the 213 traders operating inside the market while 200 other traders operating around the market would receive N300,000 each.
Following the governor’s directive, the Special Adviser on Special Projects yesterday met with the leaders of the market and communicated the proposed actions of the State Government to the traders