The Rivers State Government has set up a committee for Urban Renewal, in its bid to return Port Harcourt, the Nigeria’s Garden City to it’s befitting status.
The committee which is headed by the former vice chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, and the former chairman of the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC), Professor Nimi Briggs is required to advise government on possible ways of renewing Port Harcourt.
Commissioner for Urban Development and Physical Planning, Dr. Tammy Danagogo who disclosed this to journalists in an interaction in Port Harcourt also said that he is to serve as the secretary to the committee.
He said “The work of the committee is to advise government on ways and possibilities of renewing Port Harcourt, so as to make the city a real garden city that it was intended originally”.
Dr. Danagogo maintained that the interest of the state government was to re-orientate Rivers people and its residents to make them to like living in a good environment, so that government can monitor how they organise their environment, instead of living in dirty surroundings.
According to him, “government is not interested in slums any more. Our target is to also enlighten our people, to know that they should have interest to live in a planned environment, and that in doing that, you must obtain approval, and we will set up a body to enforce it”.