Former abodes for heavy duty equipment and block sellers along Port Harcourt / Aba Expressway has now been transformed into a beautiful park courtesy of the Rivers State Government.
Labelled as “Peace park”, the multimillion naira park was constructed by popular landscaping company, Elizabeth Alfred including other roundabouts waiting to be commissioned by the state Governor.
Explaining why the area was transformed, General Manager of Elizabeth Alfred Bukky Bukky Ogunyemi in a chat with The Weekend Tide said the area is central to the city and was formerly defacing the beauty of the metropolis because of activities carried out around there before.
Aside the greenery that lights up the facility, the park has facilities for relaxation and walk ways including a cenotaph.
Ogunyemi also said, “the aesthetics you see inside the park signify that peace has returned to Rivers State.”
On why the cenotaph was added to the park, the landscaper said, “in arts only women give out peace. That is why you see the image giving out doves.”
Since the project was completed since July this year it is yet to be commissioned including other three roundabouts at Eastern bye pass, Moscow Road and Station bus-shop.
Ogunyemi, who declined to disclose why there was delay in the unveilment of the projects said the company has a running contract to maintain them to standard.
To ensure that some of the parks are protected from intrusion and trampling by the public, she explained that walkways were provided in addition to the fencing provided.
She stated that with the growing nature of Port Harcourt metropolis, the city requires constant beatification since that is what attracts tourists and orderliness.
However, the General Manager of Elizabeth Alfred has decried the neglect and abandonment of some existing parks and roundabout in the city.
For instance, she lamented the current condition of Boro Park as not befitting, stressing that government should provide a better plan for the age-long facility.
Other roundabouts she decried their status include those at Ikwerre Road at Agip, UST and Rumuokoro junctions.
She suggested the need for them to be revamped since they are located in sensitive areas of the city.
Ogunyemi dismissed the view that the current urban renewal drive was aimed at depriving the citizenry of their means of livelihood, “beatification is not money wasting. It is something that makes one feel relaxed.”