Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has redeemed his pledge to compensate traders of the burnt Fruit Garden Market Port Harcourt.

Traders with shops got  N400,000 while traders who operate as attachment got N300,000.

The market was gutted by fire on September 28, 2018 and goods worth millions of naira were destroyed.

The cause of the fire was not ascertained, but traders attributed the huge loss to delay by fire fighters to arrive at the scene.

During his visit to the market two days after the incident, Wike had assured traders of government support.

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Speaking while handing over bank drafts to the traders on Saturday, October 27th, Wike said governance is about trust and keeping to promises.

He said: “Today, Government will compensate you, so that  you can pick up your lives. We have the bank drafts because we don’t want you to be targeted by criminals.  Go to the banks, open accounts and expand your businesses”.

The governor also used the occasion to flagged off the reconstruction of the burnt section of the market

The governor charged the contractors to ensure that the market is completed within the next three months.

“We have paid 60 percent of the contract sum. So, this market  must be completed in three months. We have the funds to complete the market in record time.

“We are building a bigger and more beautiful market . All the affected traders must have their shops back, before the remaining shops are allocated to others'', he said.

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