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Waterfronts: Rivers to hold stakeholders’ forum

By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT—Rivers State government has said it would hold a stakeholders meeting to enlighten the people on why government should go ahead with the proposed demolition of water fronts as part of its urban renewal programme.

Commissioner for Urban Development in the state, Mr. Osimah Ginah, who spoke to newsmen shortly after the state executive council meeting, said the stakeholders’ forum would afford stakeholders the opportunity to contribute meaningful idea to the renewal of slum areas of the state capital.

He said, in the meantime, the cabinet had ordered demolition of water fronts where compensation had been paid.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ken Chikere, said the government was coming up with a bill to govern its Public Private Partnership policy in the state.

The proposed bill tagged, “Rivers State Infrastructural Development Law 2009”, is to guide the infrastructural development of the state, particularly the partnership arrangements with the private sector, and is to be forwarded to the state House of Assembly for deliberation and passage into law.

The commissioner said exco deliberated on the proposed bill, which when passed into law, would guide public private partnership in infrastructural development in the state.

Mr. Chikere said the State Executive Council also deliberated on the issue of Rivers indigenes seeking entrance into the Armed Forces and resolved to give necessary logistics support to enable them gain admission into military educational institutions, such as the Nigerian Defense Academy and the Nigeria Police Force.

He also disclosed that Rison palm, which occupies a strategic place in the economic development of the state, would be revived, adding that the state welcomed partnership with individuals and organizations, local and international, that were willing to invest in the establishment.

According to him, “we are talking seriously with people who are also partners in Rison palm, with a view to reaching mutual agreement with them on how to move the establishment forward and help to actualize the economic objectives of the present administration for the benefit of the state and the community at large”.


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