Establish Commercial Districts Outside PH, Expert Urges RSG

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The planned establishment of commercial districts by Rivers State Government along the Rumuola area of Port Harcourt has drawn the reation of  built environment professionals.

Former publicity secretary of the Rivers State branch of  the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Mr. Emman Masle told The Weekend Tide that government should conduct a pilot scheme before implementation.

Mr. Mark who spoke exclusively  to The Weekend Tide over the plan said already, Port Harcourt is congested  hence the need to spread development  to the fringes.

He averred that if the scheme scales through, it would end up worsening the traffic problem experienced in the city centre, observing that Rumuola does not have much land for such project.

He recommended that such scheme which he described as change of use should be shifted to areas with low population, “at least let us test it from the Eliozu area,” he added.

Mr. Mark who is currently the national assistant publicity secretary of NIESV, called on the government to study similar schemes in Dubai and Lagos, where organised market districts are established to decongest the city centre.

Precisely two weeks ago, Governor Chibuike Amaechi announced plans by the state government to establish a business district in Rumuola area.

According to Governor Amaechi, the government intends to acquire properties along the Rumuola Road 30 metres on both sides.

The Rivers State chief executive explained that government would compensate owners of properties along the stretch to pave way for the scheme.