Call Herdsmen To Order, Fubara Tells Muslim Clerics

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Rivers State governor Siminalayi Fubara has charged Muslim clerics in the state to caution herdsmen against harassing residents of communities, killing farmers, and damaging crops in the state.

Fubara gave the charge yesterday when the leadership of the Muslim community in the state paid him a courtesy visit in the spirit of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha at Government House, Port Harcourt.

The governor explained that the purpose of his administration is to remain firm in protecting the lives and property of everyone, which has made it possible for them to celebrate in a peaceful atmosphere and therefore, must not truncate the course of creating a better Rivers State for all residents.

He stated that his administration cannot be protecting their businesses while some errant members of their fold are destroying the businesses and livelihoods of others, warning that if it persists, the government will be compelled to wield the full force of the law against perpetrators and bring them to justice.

Fubara said, “The local government areas are complaining, so I expect results in a couple of weeks by calling these people who practice open grazing to order in Ikwerre, Etche, Ahoada East, Ahoada West and parts of Emohua local government areas. They shouldn’t be harassing the people and should stop killing them in their farms.”

The governor assured of keeping the channel of communication between it and the Muslim community open because they are critical stakeholders in governance who should enjoy the benefit of the prevailing peace to do their business and worship without molestation.

In his address, the leader of the delegation, and vice president general of Rivers State Council of Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Nasir Awhelebe Uhor, vowed that the Muslim community will not be involved in using religion to destabilize the state while also pledging support for the policy and programmes of the Fubara-led administration.

Orders Probe Into Collapsed Building

Rivers State governor Siminalayi Fubara has ordered an urgent investigation on the immediate and remote causes of the collapsed building at Rumuoke Street, off Okilton Junction along Ada George Road, Port Harcourt.

Four persons were injured in the early hours of yesterday when a two-storey building under construction, which was part of 1708 Hotel, collapsed. Fubara gave the order yesterday shortly after visiting the scene of the incident.

The governor, who was represented by the commissioner for special duties, Engr. Chukwuemeka Woke charged the relevant government agencies to immediately question those involved in the project to bring anyone culpable to book.

He said, “The Ministry of Urban Development is to take immediate action by conducting site investigations, and site inspections, destructive testing and non-destructive testing of collapsed structural element to establish their strength by the determination of the yield strength of the reinforcements and sieve analysis of the soil at the site, to ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the building collapse.

“If there is any compromise by those involved in the project, they will be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others”, he also emphasised.

While sympathising with the four injured men whom he visited at the hospital, the doctors treating them also assured him that they will be discharged in a few days as they were already in stable condition.

The governor said the government has urgently mobilised earth-moving equipment to the site to evacuate the debris of the collapsed building, as the site has been cordoned off.

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