Group faults revocation of Daar Communications property in Rivers
International Society for Social Justice and Human Rights (ISSJHR) has warned that the exit of Daar Communications PLC from Rivers State may adversely affect the state’s economy.
Rivers State House of Assembly had, last week, revoked the 868 plots of land occupied by Daar Communications Plc along NTA Road in Obio/Akpor Council of the state following a report presented during plenary by the House Committee on Public Complaints and Petitions.
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Raymond Dokpesi, owns Daar Communications Plc, operators of African Independent Television and Ray Power FM.
Reacting to the development, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, the Chancellor of the group, Jackson Omenazu, said the economic situation in the state was not friendly, as several companies had left the state. He said, forcing the station, which has over 48 employees in its payroll, to shut down would further deflect the state’s economy.
He said: “From our investigations, Daar Communications employs 48 Rivers people and if care is not taken and they leave Rivers State, 48 persons have lost their jobs, so where do we go from there?”
Similarly, human rights advocate and lawyer, Higher King, said: “If you look at 48 employment and multiply it by 10, it shows that if the station leaves, it will affect about 200 people, and for economic interest of Rivers, Niger Delta, the government should allow Daar communication to operate.”