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The Rivers State Government is to commence the reconstruction of internal roads in Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of the state.
Governor Chibuike Amaechi gave the assurance last Wednesday during the Town Hall meeting with the people of the area, as he also assured to complete all ongoing model primary schools in the area.
Amaechi, who was reacting to requests made by the citizens of the area on the poor state of roads in the ancient city, remarked, “give me one more chance, and give me one more month, I will fix internal roads in Omoku.”
He directed the Commissioner for Works, Victor Giadom on the repair of roads between Ogbidi-Kirigeni and Ohalelu but warned that the government would no longer condone sand miners along that route who continue to damage the road due to dredging activities.
On education, Amaechi disclosed that funds would be immediately released to the Ministry of Education to complete the new model primary schools. “We assume that 60 per cent of the primary schools we started in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni are yet to be completed and what we have done, I can tell you, is that we have released money to Commissioner for Education, to start the completion of all primary schools we have not completed, so Omoku and all those areas will benefit.”
Among the primary schools in the local government include Community Primary School, Ndoni, Community School, Obiede-Erema, State School, Obrikom, St Stephen’s Primary School, Omoku, among others.
He however, warned school heads who collect fees from students to desist from sabotaging government’s free education programme, saying that anyone caught would be sanctioned.
Calling on the people to provide land for the construction of the new model secondary school, Amaechi hinted that he might relocate the school to another town if land was not made available in Omoku. He stated that his administration had completed five model primary health centres in the area, and promised a new one at Akabuka.
Commenting on the shore protection at Ndoni, Amaechi stated that so far, 90 per cent of the project had been done, and promised to release the balance of N1.2billion for its completion.
Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Tony Okocha, in his remarks earlier, described the town hall meeting as the brainchild of the administration, “to exchange views on government policies and programmes vis-à-vis, the people’s reactions”.
Earlier, Chairman of the council, Hon Raymond Nwokocha praised Governor Amaechi for initiating the forum, while commending him for his developmental strides. Nwokocha observed that, “indeed, the vision of periodically fraternising with the people of Rivers State aimed at acquainting the people with the policies and programmes of government as well as identifying their pressing needs is highly appreciated.”
He, however, decried the lack of any Federal Government project in the area, despite the huge contribution made by the area to the economy.
Meanwhile, Governor Amaechi has directed the inauguration of a youth volunteers to help security agencies in the quest to curb kidnappings and other swelling criminal activities in the area. While admitting that security is the responsibility of government, Amaechi solicited for the support and cooperation of the people to check crime in the area.
“I promise you as I stand, they have changed our commissioner of police. So, there is new one. We will go and sit with him. We will review what have been done in the past, we will give them all necessary support they need the restore law and order in ONELGA,” he added.