The Rivers State Government has pledged to pay more attention to the electrification of rural communities across the state.
Commissioner for Power, Hon. Michael Anwari disclosed this in an interview with newsmen during a thanksgiving service/ reception organised in his honour by the Anwuri Royal Family of Rundele in Emohua Local Government Area.
Anwuri also said that the state government was working to ensure 24 hours power supply to the Port Harcourt metropolis.
On the issue of electricity tariff, the Commissioner said that government cannot do much about tariff, stressing that the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) was privately owned and that government can only appeal to the company as far as the issue of tariff was concerned.
He stressed the need for the people of Emohua and the entire Rivers State to give their full support to the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, promising that the government will provide quality service to the people in the coming years.
Also speaking with newsmen, the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Chief Emeka Woke, commended the Anwuri family for the honour done to their son, describing the Commissioner as a brilliant fellow.
He also said that the restoration of light to the Rundele Community was in line with the New Vision programme of government.
In his welcome address, the Chairman, Ogbakor Ruonu Anwuri, Chief Christopher Anwuri, said that the familyand the entire Rundele Community were proud of the State Commissioner for Power.
Anwuri also advised youth of the community to shun quick money syndrome and other vices.
He expressed the hope that the commissioner will bring his wealth of experience, acquired over the years, to bear on his new assignment.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Government has commenced operation light up the roads and streets project with 39 stations already operational.
The State Commissioner for Power, Michael Anwuri, who flagged-off the campaign, told newsmen, that the project was aimed at returning Port Harcourt to its Garden City status, improve night life, as well as night vision for motorists and security personnel.
So far, he stated that the route stretching from Ikwerre Road to Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa in Ikwerre Local Government Area; and Port Harcourt-Aba Express Road have been lit up while those of NTA-Mgbuoba-Ozuoba-Choba and Trans-Amadi roads are on-going.
Anwuri revealed that the street lights will be powered by generating plants stationed at specific locations with a transformer and power switch to regulate operations.
The Commissioner, however, lamented that the exercise was being frustrated by vandalism and theft of electrical installations.
“We are worried because while the project is on-going, vandals and thieves have continued to steal our equipment. Sometimes, they lay wait for our men and contractors to leave site, and they quickly remove what we have installed”, Anwuri lamented.
Anwuri called on the communities to help protect the equipment, recalling that last week at Oginigba in the Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Trans-Amadi, some of its armoured cables were stolen.
Stating that members of the public should either call the police or reach out to the ministry to report any incident, the Commissioner said the ministry was working with security agencies to help protect government property.
He also enlisted the support of the media to help enlighten the public, especially host communities on the need to protect government property and ensure the exercise was sustained.
In the same vein, the state Commissioner for Power has hinted that the government was working towards providing electricity to rural communities across the state in the near future.
He explained that the current economic crunch has contributed in delaying the plan, assuring that once the revenue profile of the state improves, many communities will be connected to the national grid.
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LG Boss Uncovers Bloodstained Army Uniform At ‘Cocaine Village’
The newly inaugurated Chairman of Eleme Local Government Area, Obarilormate Ollor, has gone to ‘Cocaine village’ at Eleme Trailer Park to execute Governor Nyesom Wike’s quit order on residents of the illegal settlement when he made a shock discovery in one of the rooms.
Ollor had visited the area notorious for drugs and crimes, last Sunday, along with some security personnel to serve the quit notice on residents but met the area deserted—an indication that someone had alerted them about the visit.
Out of curiosity, the chairman opened one of the rooms in the ghetto-like settlement, and found the bloodstained uniform of a soldier, his knife and ATM card.
The chairman and his entourage had expressed suspicion that criminals in the area had killed the owner of the uniform and robbed him.
Ollor said, “Remember that a week ago, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, gave a directive that all illegal structures be removed. As the chief security officer of the local government, I am under that obligation.
“What we are doing here today is to inform them in advance and to remind them that the ultimatum still holds. So, on or before June 26, they should move out.
“What we have here is a mixed population of criminals, armed robbers, drug dealers, and even those who allegedly trade in human parts. Right now, we just found the uniform of an Army man who probably may have been killed. His blood all over the room and uniform, his knife and ATM card, which we have given to the police.”
The Rivers State Police Command has reportedly swung into action to unravel the perpetrators of the alleged crime.
Spokesman of the police, SP Nnamdi Omoni, said that the command had received reports about criminal activities in the area, including the alleged killing of a soldier.
Omoni said, “We have gotten complaints and reports of drug traffickers, criminal elements, human organ dealers, kidnappers and more from there.
“Though we have been carrying out investigation into all of the reports but thank God, we now have a good lead and evidence.
“We have been mandated by the state government to carry out massive arrest within the environs to ensure we arrest and prosecute all those persons involved.”
Residents said that the ‘Cocaine village’ is a haven for drug dealers and users, adding that security operatives also patronize the area.
An aide of the Eleme LG chairman, who spoke off-the-record said, “The governor received an intelligence report that the slum harbours criminals and drug addicts who carry out series of crimes, human organ trafficking, abductions and many other criminal acts in the LGA and state at large.
“We learnt also that some security men troop in there off and on to buy drugs and indulge in one crime or the other.
“The military uniform stained with blood, knife and motorcycle discovered were found in one of the rooms we opened.
“The badge of the military uniform was removed and there were heavy blood stains on the uniform.
“We went there with some police men as assigned to us by the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command, Eboka Friday”, he added.
Insecurity Hasn’t Hindered Projects’ Execution In Rivers, Wike Affirms
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike says that his administration has fearlessly tackled insecurity headlong and created an enabling climate for smooth delivery of quality development projects.
Wike made the assertion at the inauguration of 16.2-kilometre long Omueze-Umuogba-Umuokpurukpu-Umueke-Umunju-Eberi Road project in Omuma Local Government Area of the state, yesterday.
The governor noted that while other states of the country were still struggling with issues of insecurity, Rivers State was witnessing harvest of development projects with the non-stop inauguration and flag-off ceremonies to their amazement.
“Don’t fight anybody that God has blessed. Don’t fight the state that God has blessed. People are talking about insecurity. We are talking about commissioning and flagging-off of projects. Is it easy? If it is easy, let them try it.”
Wike asserted that it is only states controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) like Rivers that has created a peaceful climate for the citizens while the government delivers democratic dividends.
“Those who say they don’t like what PDP is doing, they have no choice but to like it. You can see what the party (PDP) is doing. We are flagging-off and commissioning projects. Whether they like it or not, we are in charge.”
The governor said it is obvious that Rivers State is no longer on the same level with states that cannot provide dividend of democracy to their people.
Wike said the performance of his administration has restored confidence in Rivers people and they can walk with their heads raised high.
“Rivers people, are you not proud of your state? If you’re a Rivers man, anywhere you go, raise your shoulder high and say that you’re a Rivers man and woman. “They (other parties) can only jealous us, but they cannot do anything. We are of different class. We are not on the same level with them.”
Speaking further, Wike commended the member representing Omuma State Constituency, Hon. KelechiNwogufor his loyalty to PDP.
He also extolled him for his commitment to the welfare of Omuma people and being a trusted ally to him.
At the behest of Nwogu, Wike promised Omuma people that his administration would reconstruct the Umuakali-Eberi Road in appreciation of their support to the PDP.
Inaugurating the project, former President of the Senate, Senator Adolphus Wabara, noted how Wike has redefined governance and broken the jinx of non-performance associated with second tenure governors.
According to him, the approach to development that the governor has adopted stands him out as a much sought-after leader who should be consulted in solving critical national issues related to governance.
“With my experience in elective politics, second terms of most governors are dull; some governors will just go to sleep because they don’t have anything to offer. But you are still commissioning projects, as if you’re not even going to leave.
“Your developmental approach, your developmental plans, and formula should make you an international consultant to the failing government. Because, quite frankly, the magic, I mean, nobody knows except you. You do it with ease, you do it with happiness.”
Providing the description of the project, Rivers State Commissioner for Works, EllokaTasie-Amadi said the Omueze-Umuogba-Umuokpurukpu-Umueke-Umunju-Eberi link road in Omuma Local Government Area was another genuine efforts of the Wike administration to ease the transportation difficulties experienced by rural dwellers in the Omuma.
“Many of these rural projects go unsung probably because the residents are not social media savvy, as in the case of Omuma, who are predominantly farmers, or probably because SM activities are not a part of their past times as it is with city dwellers.
“It may shock you to know that for every kilometre of road we have built in the city we have built 12kms or more in the rural areas. This is a conservative estimate I would like you to ponder upon when you get home.”
He further stated, “This project is a 16.2km long, 10.3m wide road project which has 4.3km of drains. The roads are marked and have a total of 27 road signs to aid driving and enhance public safety.”
Wike Flags Off Abonnema/ Obonoma Sandfilling Project, Today
All is now set for the flag-off of the Abonnema/Obonoma Sandfilling project in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, yesterday, said that, “the project will sandfill 42 hectares of land that will help expand Abonnema and Obonoma Towns.
“It is in fulfilment of the promise made by Governor Nyesom Wike during the commissioning of the Abonnema Ring Road”.
The statement further added that, “The rich culture and tradition of the Kalabaris will be fully on display at the event.
“Please, note that all Covid-19 protocols will be observed at the event”, it stressed.
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