2nd October, 2011
Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. ChibuikeÂ Amaechi says the plan and targetÂ of his administrationÂ is to have 24 hoursÂ powerÂ supplyÂ in the state by December of 2012.
Â Amaechi spokeÂ at the 2011 edition of the Nigeria Independence AnniversaryÂ Celebration (NIAC) night organised by the Shell Club Port Harcourt at the weekend.Â
He expressed confidence that although the power problem cannot be fixed in a hurry, his administration would achieve the goal within the set time.Â
The governor expressed confidence in his administration’s ability to deliver on this target considering what the state is doing inÂ both the new Afam power plants and Eleme power plant.Â
â€œYou know the power problem cannot be addressed overnight, but once our independent power projects come on stream,Â power outage would beÂ a thing of the past,â€ he said.Â
Amaechi further stated that by January next year,Â about seven of the ongoingÂ majorÂ roadsÂ and flyoversÂ under construction in Port Harcourt,Â wouldÂ be completed and open toÂ traffic.Â
TheÂ projects include the Ken Saro-wiwa/Stadium Road,Â ChiefÂ G.U Ake Road, Olu-Obasanjo Road, Obiri Ikwerre/East-WestÂ flyoverÂ and interchange,Â Choba/NTA Road and theÂ Ikwerre Road AgipÂ JunctionÂ flyover,Â among others.
He also hinted of plans to construct and reconstruct roads in Oyigbo.
“As soon as the rain stops,Â we will do the roads in Oyigbo, andÂ fix the major roads in the area.”Â
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.Â
He reiteratedÂ his administrationâ€™sÂ strides to improve security in the state,Â hence the success of theÂ 17thÂ NationalÂ Sports Festival now adjudged as one the best in the history of the eventÂ in the country.Â
As part of government efforts to reduce traffic congestionÂ in Port Harcourt City, Amaechi announced that the state has commenced construction Â of four major motor parks at Eleme andÂ Omagwa areas to reduce the influx of inter-state vehicles which often compound the traffic situationÂ witnessed on theÂ roadsÂ of Port Harcourt.Â
DismissingÂ the view that the State Traffic Management AuthorityÂ (TIMARIV) was inept,Â AmaechiÂ blamed the citizens for flouting traffic laws,Â insisting that offenders should be prosecuted.
Â “I will make sure they enforce the law and arrest those that fall short of the law,” he declared.Â
In the meantime, residents of Rivers State will inÂ JanuaryÂ 2012 commence paymentÂ of the SocialÂ Services LevyÂ which was passed into law last year.Â
Governor Amaechi statedÂ that the levy has becomeÂ crucial to drive the free education andÂ healthÂ careÂ policyÂ of his administration.Â
“By January,Â we will be collecting the social services levy and any person that fails to payÂ 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,”Â he explained.
ByÂ Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt