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Rivers releases N78b for completion of projects, award of new ones

By Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt
03 November 2022   |   4:05 am
The Rivers State Executive Council has approved release of N78 billion for the completion of ongoing projects across sectors and flag-off of new ones.

The Rivers State Executive Council has approved release of N78 billion for the completion of ongoing projects across sectors and flag-off of new ones.

The approval was given at its meeting presided over by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at Government House in Port Harcourt yesterday.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Dr Isaac Kamalu, said the approval was made to ensure that ongoing projects are not left uncompleted by the contractors for lack of fund.

“Again, the government has specifically released the sum of N1.8 billion representing 80 per cent of the capital provisions for the judiciary in the 2022 budget for the services of the Rivers State Judiciary.”

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Princewill Chike, said the Ministry is not left out among ministries to benefit from the release of the funds.

According to him, the Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Diagnostics and Treatment Centre has been completed and the contractor has been fully paid.

“And the other thing that the health sector benefitted from is the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital where we have Basic Clinical Faculty and the Clinical Faculty as well as the Renal and Dialysis Centre and the House Officers Quarters, which have also been completed and will be commissioned soon.”

On his part, the Commissioner for Special Projects, Deinma Iyalla said the ministry has its memo presented to the Council approved and also ratified the sale of the remodelled Riv-Bank insurance building.

Iyalla listed other projects to benefit from the released fund to include the sandfilling and reclamation of 20 hectres of land in Ogu town.

According to him, the fund will also serve for the completion of the University of Port Harcourt Convocation Arena, Ataba Secondary School reconstruction and furnishing, Rivers University Staff quarters buildings at Ahoada, Etche, Emohua and the main campuses.

Commissioner of Education, Prof. Chinedu Mmom, also addressed journalists, listing projects under his minsitry to include Government Secondary School, Eneka; Government Secondary School, Emohua and Government Secondary School, Imago in Abua/Odual Council.

Other projects include, the reconstruction and remodeling of the Kalabari High School, Buguma, Kalabari National College, (KNC)Buguma, the external works and furnishing of Western Ahoada High School, Government Secondary School, Ogu that is 90 percent complete, and the Community Secondary School, Okoronudo that is 60 percent complete.

On his part, the  Commissioner for Works, Dr. George-Kelly Dakorinama Alabo,  said the council awarded new contracts and approved payment for on going projects.

“The projects spread across Local Government Areas and senatorial districts of the State. Some of which  were approved today by council and some were ratified.”

He said the council approved the contract for the construction of 8.168 km Abua-Emoh-Iyak-Ighom; Emoh/Egbolom access road and the 9.2m km  Ekagho-Ogboloma-Adada link road in Abua/Odual Local government area.

George-Kelly explained that some other new road projects include, the Alode-Onne road and Agbonchia-Ogale-Ebebu-East/West road, Alode internal roads in Eleme council; Eneka roundabout-IgboEtche link road in Obio-Akpor/Etche councils; Akpabu-Egbeda-Elele-Omoku link road; Akpabu-Odidi link road; Nkpor -Mgbuodohia link road; Elele internal roads; Elekahia internal roads among others.

The Commissioners of Works, who reinstated the resolve of the Governor Wike administration not to abandon any project it started, further disclosed that the Council has approved payment for the on going Ahoada-Omoku dualization project; Omoku-Aligwu-Kirigeni road, Omoku-Egbema road, Okochiri internal roads, Ogoni-Andoni Unity road, Chokocho-Igbodo road, flyover 11 and 12, dualisation of Bori-Kono road and several others.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Information, Chris Finebone said Governor Wike has  approved the appointment of 7000 Justices of Peace to help ensure the prevalence of peace, law and order  within their jurisdiction.
“I am pleased to inform you that the State governor has just approved the appointment of 7000 Justices of Peace . It has been an all round approach to development for which our people will be eternally grateful to our hard-working governor.”