By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”COMMUNITY leaders have been told to call their subjects to order, as the Rivers State government would not hesitate to prosecute any one that makes unnecessary demands on contractors working in their domains.
Governor Rotimi Amaechi gave the order in Port Harcourt weekend during an inspection of some ongoing projects in the state.
The governor also vowed to arrest and prosecute any contractor handling government projects in the state that pays any money outside what the law provides to host communities in the name of settlement.
Amaechi expressed shock that some government projects were being unnecessarily delayed because of demands on contractors by different groups in the communities.
â€œWe cannot allow this to happen again because if we expect the contractors to deliver quality work and on schedule, we must guard against those things that will inflate their cost and destabilize their operational plansâ€, he said.
At the Community Model Secondary School, Borokiri, Port Harcourt, the governor directed the Commissioner for Education to create space for a football pitch in the school and improve on the facilities to compliment the new model building.
Governor Amaechi told teachers living in the dilapidated staff quarters to make alternative arrangements to enable the government demolish the existing structure and rebuild befitting ones.
He also directed the owners of a telecommunications mast standing on the school premises to remove same to allow for expansion work going on in the school.