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The Rivers State Executive Council (SEC) has reviewed and approved the release of N78 billion for the completion of various ongoing projects across all sectors and the launching of new projects.
The approval was given during its meeting chaired by Governor Nyesom Wike at Government House in Port Harcourt last Wednesday.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, the Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Dr Isaac Kamalu, said the approval had been made to ensure that ongoing projects were not left unfinished by contractors through fault. of funds.
“Rivers State Government has released the sum of N78 billion for the payment of ongoing projects and the start of new projects in all local government areas of the state.
“Again, the government has specifically released the sum of N1.8 billion representing 80% of the capital provisions for the judiciary in the 2022 budget for Rivers State Judiciary Services.”
Also speaking, Health Commissioner Prof Princewill Chike said the department was not left out among departments to benefit from the release of funds.
According to him, the contractor responsible for the Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases Dr. Peter Odili has been fully paid.
“You will recall that in June last year, (2021) 26 billion naira was earmarked for this contract. It has been completed, well furnished with the most modern medical equipment for the attack of different types of cancers.
“And the other thing that the health sector has benefited from is the teaching hospital at Rivers State University where we have the base clinical faculty and the clinical faculty as well as the renal and dialysis center and the house officers quarters , which have also been completed and will be commissioned.”
Chike also said there are other state government-funded projects underway, including Kelsey Harrison Hospital, which is in advanced stages, and Port Dental and Maxillofacial Hospital. Harcourt, which were also in an advanced stage of completion.
For her part, the Commissioner for Special Projects, Deinma Iyalla, said the ministry had had its memorandum presented to the council approved and had also ratified the sale of the renovated Riv-Bank Insurance building.
“Currently, the building is known as the House of Senator John Azuta-Mbata. Access Bank has offered to buy the building for the Sun for N3.8 billion. It cost us 2.8 billion naira to remodel it.
“The bulk of the sale of this building, Access Bank has promised that they will use it as their regional office, which means they will create jobs and have a positive impact on economic activities in Port Harcourt.”
Iyalla also listed other projects to benefit from the released fund, including sand filling and reclamation of 20 hectares of land in the town of Ogu.
According to him, the fund would also be used for the completion of the Convocation Arena at the University of Port Harcourt, the reconstruction and furnishing of Ataba Secondary School, buildings for the University’s staff quarters Rivers State in Ahoada, Etche, Emohua, and Main Campus.
Other projects to be completed are the 13.8km Rumuodogo Roads 1 and 2, Woji-Aleto-Alesa-Refinery Road, Hostels A and B and Auditorium at YanagoaCampus of the Nigerian Law School, Judicial Institute Mary Odili, liaison with the Federal Judicial Service Commission. office building, South-South in Port Harcourt.
Education Commissioner Prof. ChineduMmom also addressed reporters, saying that projects under his ministry would benefit the people more.
The projects, he said, included the government secondary school, Eneka; Government Secondary School, Emohua; and the Government Secondary School, Imago in Abua/Odual Local Government.
Other projects include reconstruction and renovation of Kalabari High School, Buguma; Kalabari National College (KNC), Buguma; exterior work and furnishing of Western Ahoada High School; Government Secondary School, Ogu, 90% complete; and Okoronudo Community Secondary School which was 60% complete.
For his part, the works commissioner, Dr.DakorinamaAlaboGeorge-Kelly, said that the council had awarded new contracts and approved payment for ongoing projects.
“The projects have spread to local government areas and senatorial districts across the state. Some were approved today by the board and others were ratified.
He said the council had approved the contract for the construction of 8.168 km Abua-Emoh-Iyak-Ighom; Emoh/Egbolom Access Road and 9.2 million km Ekagho-Ogboloma-Adada Link Road in Abua/Odual Local Government Area.
George-Kelly explained that some other new road projects include Alode-Onne Road and Agbonchia-Ogale-Ebebu East/West Road, Alode Internal Roads in Eleme Commune; Eneka-Igbo-Etche roundabout link road in the communes of Obio-Akpor/Etche; Akpabu-Egbeda-Elele-Omoku link road; Akpabu-Odidi link road; Nkpor-Mgbuodohia link road; Elele Inland Roads; Interior routes of Elekahia, among others.
The works commissioners, who restored the Wike administration’s resolve not to abandon any project it had started, further revealed that the council had approved payment for the ongoing Ahoada-Omokudualisation 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, Information and Communications Commissioner Chris Finebone said Wike had approved the appointment of 7,000 justices of the peace to help ensure the prevalence of peace, law and order in their jurisdiction.
“I am pleased to inform you that the Governor of the State has just approved the appointment of 7,000 justices of the peace. This is a comprehensive approach to development for which our people will be forever grateful to our hardworking Governor.