Worried over the spate of haphazard building construction within and outside Port Harcourt metropolis, Governor Chibuike Amaechi has mandated the Rivers State Ministry of Urban Planning and Lands to evolve punitive measures on developers.
The Governor, who expressed displeasure over the situation at a forum to mark his second year in power called on the two ministries to evolve development control measures.
The Governor asserted that the present urban renewal drive would be defeated if action is not taken by the ministries to check building construction in the metropolis.
By enforcing building regulation laws, the state Governor noted that the measure would provide revenue for the government, and subsequently aid in infrastructure provision.
The Governor, who explained why his government has taken steps to redevelop the waterfronts, stated that apart from being not safe for human habitation, the waterfronts have become a security challenge to the current administration.
He maintained that no matter the blackmail promoted by some section of the populace over the scheme, his administration would not rescind steps in transforming the waterfronts.
On what the administration was doing to ameliorate the housing problem in the city, he stated that government is collaborating with First Bank to construct about 600 housing units in the new Rainbow city.
While the new Rainbow city would be purely elitist in nature, Governor Amaechi stressed that the newly proposed Diobu Housing Scheme at Ikoku would cater for both middle and low income populace.
Ahead the hosting of the National Sports Festival next year, he disclosed that a new Games Village would be built in the outskirts of the city.
The new Games Village fitted with accommodation facilities for athletes is expected to house a stadium, including other sporting paraphernalia to make the games a success next year.