This blueprint is for proposed alternative to waterfront demolition and presented by Abonnema Wharf Community House Owners Association consequent to the state government’s plan to demolish all waterfronts in Port Harcourt for development.
12 March 2009
Sabon Lugbe is a settlement near Airport road. The demolitions started on the 9th of March 2009 and will continue until all the non-indigenous houses are destroyed. On Friday 13 march it was still continuing. Two weeks before the demolitions started officers from FCDA came to the settlement to announce that the demolitions would start on the 9th of March. Members of the community then went to the court to call for an injunction. While they were waiting for a court injunction to stop the demolitions; the Development Control Department already gave the go-ahead and the demolitions started on Monday the 9th of March, 2009. On Wednesday morning the 11th they still had not heard from the lawyer.
As demolitions in Port Harcourt escalated to an uncontrollable extent in 2008, the National Union of Tenants of Nigeria sought and obtained an order of the Federal High Court of Nigeria to enforce its members’ right to adequate housing against the Government of Rivers State, being the violating party. The said order was empowered by a constitution provision staying all maters or action relating to or connected with the subject matter of the suit until the final determination of the case.
City beautification, the Silver Bird Group and the State GovernorWhat’s going on in Nigeria? Why do we hear nothing from the international community about the tragedy of the massive demolitions and evictions occurring in Port Harcourt and other cities?