The commitment of Rivers State Government to restoring Port Harcourt to its Garden City status is back on the front burner.
The Administrator of Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority (GPHCDA), Dame Aleruchi Cookey-Gam, stated this at Igwuruta, near Port Harcourt while addressing artisans and traders whose businesses are located along the Airport road recently.
Mrs Cookey-Gam said the Airport road remains the gateway into the city of Port Harcourt, hence the need to beautify and keep it clean always. She frowned at the indiscriminate citing of artisans’ workshops, timber shades, car wash, kiosk and other trading activities along the airport road without permission from the Greater Port Harcourt City Devel-opment Authority.
“The Authority is collaborating with Obio/Akpor and Ikwerre Local Government Areas to ensure that the entrance into the State capital from the Airport is not defaced” she added.
In an earlier address, the Ikwerre Local Government Chairman, Honourable weiendu Amadi, emphasized on the beautification programme which the Rivers State Government is embarking on, adding that it is the responsibility of the Government to plan cities as well as structured development. Honourable Welendu further added that the Urban Renewal programme of the Government will boost economic activities, adding that the artisans will be relocated to a suitable and designated place within the Greater Port Harcourt area.