The Rivers State Government has released the sum of N13billion to the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA) for its services last year.
The governor, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi who disclosed this at the 10 anniversary lecture of the Port Harcourt-based Independent Monitor Newspaper also rated the agency high in terms of performance.
Governor Amaechi also said that government plans to generate 100 megawatts of electricity in addition to the 125 megawatts being generated from the Omoku gas turbine.
He said that the situation informed government decision to install ten transformers at the various substations as while plans are underway for the constructions of smaller substations across the state.
Other plans by the government include the dualisation of the Ikwerre Road axis of Port Harcourt from the Education Bus stop to UST roundabout with street lights, while a 20 kilometre mono rail that would run from Aggrey Road through garrison to government Reserved Area (GRA) would be constructed.
The governor who lamented the paucity of manpower in the state, also regretted the lack of potable water in Port Harcourt as well as the poor sanitary condition of the city assuming that the situation would be rectified.
In an address, Mr Ikechi Osi said that the Independent Monitor founded ten years ago by the late Evans Osi now a household name in the state.