Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, compensates victims of fire outbreak at the fruit and vegetable market

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No fewer than 200 traders, whose shops and goods were destroyed by an inferno that engulfed the fruit and vegetable market in Port Harcourt, were at the weekend compensated by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Wike also on the same day was joined by the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, to lay the foundation stone for the reconstruction of the burnt section of the market.

The governor had presented bank drafts of N400,000  to each of the affected traders while traders who operated attached shops got N300,000 each as compensation.

He charged the contractors to ensure that the market was completed within the next three months.

Wike, who said governance was about trust and keeping to promises, said his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, failed to keep his promise to rebuild the Mile One Market, which was gutted by fire during his administration.

Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi praised Wike for his commitment to the development of the state.

He said Wike had proved to be a lover of his people with the various developmental projects which he kept churning out.

According to Umahi, while others were thinking of the next election, Wike was working on newer projects for his people.

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