24-hour Power Supply Is Govt Target says Amaechi

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Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi says the plan and target of his administration is to have 24 hours power supply in the state by December of 2012.

 Amaechi spoke at the 2011 edition of the Nigeria Independence Anniversary Celebration (NIAC) night organised by the Shell Club Port Harcourt at the weekend. 

He expressed confidence that although the power problem cannot be fixed in a hurry, his administration would achieve the goal within the set time. 

The governor expressed confidence in his administration’s ability to deliver on this target considering what the state is doing in both the new Afam power plants and Eleme power plant. 

“You know the power problem cannot be addressed overnight, but once our independent power projects come on stream, power outage would be a thing of the past,” he said. 

Amaechi further stated that by January next year, about seven of the ongoing major roads and flyovers under construction in Port Harcourt, would be completed and open to traffic. 

The projects include the Ken Saro-wiwa/Stadium Road, Chief G.U Ake Road, Olu-Obasanjo Road, Obiri Ikwerre/East-West flyover and interchange, Choba/NTA Road and the Ikwerre Road Agip Junction flyover, among others.

He also hinted of plans to construct and reconstruct roads in Oyigbo.

“As soon as the rain stops, we will do the roads in Oyigbo, and fix the major roads in the area.” 

Governor Amaechi who used the event to list the strides of his administration remarked that he had embarked on massive road constructions all over the state. 

He reiterated his administration’s strides to improve security in the state, hence the success of the 17th National Sports Festival now adjudged as one the best in the history of the event in the country. 

As part of government efforts to reduce traffic congestion in Port Harcourt City, Amaechi announced that the state has commenced construction  of four major motor parks at Eleme and Omagwa areas to reduce the influx of inter-state vehicles which often compound the traffic situation witnessed on the roads of Port Harcourt. 

Dismissing the view that the State Traffic Management Authority (TIMARIV) was inept, Amaechi blamed the citizens for flouting traffic laws, insisting that offenders should be prosecuted.

 “I will make sure they enforce the law and arrest those that fall short of the law,” he declared. 

In the meantime, residents of Rivers State will in January 2012 commence payment of the Social Services Levy which was passed into law last year. 

Governor Amaechi stated that the levy has become crucial to drive the free education and health care policy of his administration. 

“By January, we will be collecting the social services levy and any person that fails to pay will face the full wrath of the law. We will use the money to train our children in our schools in line with our free education policy,” he explained.

By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt