The Executive Director of the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA), Mr Bolaji Ogunseye has said that the onus of developing the local government area headquarters to townships lay on the leadership of the councils.
Ogunseye made the assertion recently in Port Harcourt at a meeting organised by the RSSDA for stakeholders of Excellence in Local Government Initiative (ELGI).
The RSSDA boss also noted that local government council chairmen needed adequate education to enable them utilize grassroots governance to raise the standard of living of the people, adding that the main focus of the meeting was to redesign the 2009 roadmap for excellence in local government administration.
He emphasized that the development of the local government headquarters to townships would reduce poverty and provide social amenities to the grassroots.
According to him, the Rivers State government through the RSSDA aims at imbibing the spirit of competition among council chairmen on the basis of excellence.
The RSSDA boss advised the chairmen to develop good communication with the governed saying that, the beauty of grassroots rulership is to be in good communion with the people and informed the stakeholders, that to emerge a winner for the 2009 ELGI, the council must measure up to the 44 criteria and most importantly have a 15-20 years integrated sustainable development plan as a model to follow.
Also speaking, chairman, House Committee on Local Government Affairs, Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Ikuinye Ibani who delivered a keynote address described the local government area as the smallest unit of administration which has the mandate to provide vision, leadership and to maximize impact on social development and grow local economy.
He said the councils were expected to provide transparent leadership, effective and efficient management and good budgeting practice. Hon Ibani sensitized the participants on the need for Integrated Development Planning (IDP) in the local government area in curbing insecurity in our society and the role of development funds in local integrated development planning (LIPD).
He enjoined the participants to adopt the Local Integrated Development Planning (LIDP) which he described as the amalgamation of developmental strategies by various departments and local government agencies in a discipline, sustained and synergistic manner such that social-economic development is built from the smallest unit to the biggest.
He further said if LIDP is embraced, the local government would record benefits like, effective deployment of resources for maximum effect, priorities would be met at the local level, effective use of available capacity as well as ensuring development and growth are sustainable.
He also said, it would help strengthen democracy as it would encourage the active participation of all stakeholders in decision making as well as provision of access to developmental funds from local and international sources since the system is better trusted.
The chairman of the meeting, Barrister West expressed gratitude to RSSDA for the conception of these ideals, saying that the agency is focused in bringing development to the local governments, as an instrument of change, saying it has a role to play in the development of our people in the rural areas.
In his speech the commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Hon Tammy Danagogo, represented by the Permanent Secretary commended RSSDA for the laudable project and emphasized that, her office would partner with the agency.
The meeting which had chairpersons from some local government areas, Rivers State House of Assembly members, representatives from some government ministries as well as some heads of local government administration also had a syndicate session.
One Year Anniversary: Governor Wike Sues For Unity
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on Rivers people no matter their political affiliation to join hands with his administration to build a stable and vibrant economy.
In a state-wide broadcast to mark the first year of his second term in office today, Governor Wike noted that the state can overcome the present global economic situation if citizens come together in unity of thought and purpose.
“Yes, we can if we resolve to downplay our individual differences and work together for the common good of our heritage, our lovely State, our communities and our people. As a government, we welcome constructive criticisms devoid of politics and mischief, because they serve to make us better performers.
“This is a time for governance, not politics, and we welcome everyone on board to create an environment that promotes balanced economic growth, thriving private investments, boundless opportunity and a State we can truly call our pride and heritage.
“For us, nothing matters more than Rivers State, our people, our interests, our treasures, our enormous resources and assets, our accomplishments and our greatness,” he stated.
The Governor pointed out that within the last one year, his administration had embarked on urban renewal programme in the State capital and the construction of the multi-billion naira three flyover projects at Rebisi, Okoro-nu-Odo and Rumuogba.
He said that the dualization of Kira- Sapkenwa-Bori-Kono Road straddling three local government areas in Ogoni heartland has reached 92 percent completion.
The Oyibo(Mbano camp) road to Iriebe linking Oyigbo and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas had been completed while Alesa-Agbonchia-Oyigbo, Rumuakunde/Isiodu and the second phase of Isiokpo community Roads had also been completed.
Rumuji-Ibaa-Isiokpo, Omoku-Egbema, Odufor-Akpoku-Umuoye, Ula Ehuda-Odioku-Anwunugboko-Ubeta-Ihuechi-Odiereke, Umueze-Umuogba-Umuokpurukpu-Umueke-Umunju-Umuelechi-Eberi, Eteo-Sime-Nonwa and Abonnema Ring Roads have reached various stages of completion.
In addition, the governor said, work has commenced on the expansion of the entire stretch of Ikwerre Road from Education Bus Stop to the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.
According to him, the long abandoned roads to the coastal communities of Opobo and Andoni in Opobo/Nkoro and Andoni Local Government Areas has almost been delivered with appreciable work already done on the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo Unity Road.
On healthcare delivery, the governor said the Mother and Child Hospital has been furnished, equipped and only undergoing necessary testing and preparations for commissioning.
The Braithwaite Memorial Hospital, he said, has been fully equipped and converted to the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH) leading to the accreditation of the programmes of that facility for the training of medical students by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.
Governor Wike stated that the regional referral hospitals in Degema, Bori and Degema are presently being equipped while structural work is on-going on the ones located in Omoku and Etche.
The State Chief Executive pointed out that funds had been released for comprehensive upgrade of Enitonnia High School, Comprehensive Secondary School, Borikiri, Obama High School, Degema, Community Secondary School, Tombia, Community Secondary School, Omuanwa in Ikwerre Local Government Area and Kalabari National College, Buguma.
Others include, Community Secondary School, Kugbo in Abua/Odual Local Government, Community Secondary School, Obeakpu in Oyigbo Local Government and Community Secondary School, Eteo in Eleme Local Government Area.
On Real Madrid Academy, Governor Wike announced that the construction of students’ hostels is progressing and that the school would soon open for simultaneous football and related training programmes.
He said in line with the promise to refocus on agricultural development, the Datco Cassava Processing Plant with a guaranteed off-market opportunities for 3000 local cassava farmers would soon be completed to stimulate cassava revolution in the state.
The governor regretted that despite the advisories and regulations on social distancing and compulsory wearing of face masks, most residents are flouting the directives to the collective peril of all.
“These are all irresponsible and risky behaviour in the face of the invisible and ravaging pandemic and the enormous threat it poses to public health and the safety of human lives.
“We shall bring the full weight of the law to bear on every recalcitrant person, business or institution, irrespective of status who decides to treat the existing orders and regulations for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our State with contempt.
“Government may be forced to reinstate lockdown if members of the public continue to flout and disregard the established regulations on social distancing and the compulsory wearing of face masks,” he said.
Governor Wike however, commiserated with the families of those that lost their loved ones to the pandemic and prayed for the peaceful repose of their innocent souls.
He said that while we pray for the quick success, for the global search, for vaccines, the responsibility still rests on everyone to strictly comply with the established mitigating measures.
A Statewide Broadcast By His Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON, GSSRS, POS, To Mark The First Year Of His Second Term In Office …My Dear Good People of Rivers State
Rivers State Set To Inaugurate Cassava Plant …To Employ 4,500 Persons
The Rivers State Cassava Processing Company located at Afam, Oyigbo Local Government Area will soon come on stream.
Governor Nyesom Wike who stated this Thursday after inspecting the plant, pointed out that the company when fully operational would employ 4,500 persons and also boost agriculture in the state.
He stated that the State Government has 70 percent equity share in the project which is in partnership with Shell Petroleum Development Company(SPDC) of Nigeria.
“We are quite happy that this project which was initiated by the previous administration in 2012 and abandoned has come to the stage of completion.
“When we came on board and saw the usefulness of this project to our economy, we did not hesitate to release funds to complete it.
“As you can see this project which is about 90 percent complete would have been commissioned this month if not for the COVID-19 pandemic which has negatively impacted global economy.
“Let me commend the management of this plant for fast-tracking the completion and the novel initiative that will use mobile machines to collect cassava from the farmers at their various clusters.
“This, will no doubt, reduce the challenge of logistics and increase farmer participation, ” the governor stated.
Earlier, the Managing Director of the Rivers State Cassava Processing Company, Ruben Giesen noted that the cassava processing plant when completed would increase income for small holder farmers by providing an enabling environment for them to sell their cassava tubers.
He also disclosed that the plant would produce about 45 thousand metric tons of cassava flour daily while about 12 thousand metric tons of cassava tubers would be needed for collection by its mobile plants from farmers around the state for processing.
Mr. Giesen commended the State Governor for embarking on the project, which he described as the first of its kind in sub-saharan Africa.
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