By Okpe Ejiro
Rivers State governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, has explained that he dissolved the last Rivers Road Maintenance Agency because the agency deviated from its core mandate.
Speaking after the inauguration of the new Rivers Road Maintenance Agency at Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday, Governor Wike advised the chairman and members of the agency to strictly adhere to their laid down responsibilities.
The governor said that the primary function of the agency was to ensure that potholes were eliminated from the streets of the urban areas.
He also warned the chairman and members of the agency to avoid in-fighting so that they can easily deliver on their responsibilities.
Governor Wike said: “The former agency went about awarding contracts, which was out of their core mandate. This agency is not expected to do road construction.
“Road construction is for the Ministry of Works and Special Projects bureau. You are here to fill potholes and ensure that roads are motorable.”
The governor advised the reconstituted Rivers State Road Maintenance Agency against allowing external influence determine their actions.
He further warned that acts of financial impropriety and in-fighting would be met with the dissolution of the agency.
“Take this as an opportunity to serve the state. I do not want to see potholes anywhere. This is a direct labour agency. If you deviate, you will be dissolved,” he said.
Responding, Chairman of the Rivers Road Maintenance Agency, Mr Sam Agwor said the reconstituted agency will deliver in line with the expectations of the governor.