The Rivers State Government is to launch a 50-year development plan as part of events to mark the 50th anniversary celebration of the creation of Rivers State
Alternate chairman of the anniversary celebration committee, Chief O.C.J Okocha, who disclosed this during a press briefing in Port Harcourt, last Wednesday, said the strategic development plan will set agenda for the economic transformation of the state in the next 50 years.
He said the anniversary celebration was beyond partisan consideration and all inclusive as every Rivers indigene at home and the diaspora, including corporate investors in the state are expected to partake in the celebration.
Okocha, Senior Advocate of Nigerian and former National President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), pointed out that the anniversary celebration will have no cost on the state fund as its sponsorship will be private-sector driven.
He further explained that out of the N1.5billion which is the expected cost of the event, the committee has already raised N1billion from private sector donations and partnership.
He said the main purpose of the anniversary was to showcase the history and rich cultural heritage of the state as well as strengthen the bond of brotherhood among Rivers people.
Explaining the line up of events for the anniversary, he said the celebration began with the unveiling of the anniversary logo by the governor in January before a statewide wrestling competition and a novelty cycling events, which concluded few days ago.
Other events for the anniversary, according to him, include, polo tournament at the Port Harcourt Polo Club, football competition, beauty pageant and special boat regatta.
He further disclosed that there will be special days of celebration, for youth, women, traditional rulers and the honouring of men and women who have distinguished themselves in the service of the state in various capacities, including post humous honours for the heroes and founding fathers of the state.
He said the Rivers State Governor will also use the anniversary celebration to commission major projects in the state.
Taneh Beemene & Chris Oluoh