The Rivers State Government has called on illegal occupants of government lands across the state to vacate the lands or be evicted by the government at the appropriate time. Addressing journalists after inspecting government project sites and estates being constructed under the Public-Private Partnership arrangement on Thursday , Barr. Nimi Walson-Jack, the Executive Director of Rivers Bureau of Public- Private Partnership (BPPP) regretted that several developers have encroached on government lands across the state which has inhibited development. According to him, all lands already encroached upon around development projects will be reclaimed and put to use for the benefit of the people.
He said that the State Government will implement the the public private partnership initiative for the purpose of strengthening the State’s economy and empowering the people. Also speaking, Mr Cyril Dum Wite, Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor on Special Projects stated that the Wike administration will complete all the residential estates visited in liaison with private partners to ensure that more people access quality accommodation in the state.
To achieve the objective of the Rivers State Government to boost industrialisation and economic development, as championed by the State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, a high powered interministerial delegation of the Rivers State government led by the Executive Director, Bureau of Public Private Partnership (BoPPP), Hon. Nimi Walson-Jack embarked on a fact-finding visit to some ongoing Public Private Partnership projects across the State.
The delegation which comprised of Dr. Ayebaesin Beredugo, Executive Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Prof. Roselyn Konya, Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Cyril Dum Wite, Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor on Special Projects, Mrs. Florence Fiberesima, Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mr. Larry Pepple, CEO Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA), Mr. Noel Elenwo, Surveyor General of Rivers State and Oraye St. Franklyn, Senior Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Social Media, among others, visited the long abandoned multi million dollars RIVMETAL Project, metal shredding plant at Kira, in Tai Local Government Area, the RIVTAF Golf Estate, Reef Court Estate and the E.G. Rivers Estate all in Port Harcourt City.
The visiting delegation was taken round the RIVMETAL facility by the project’s facilitator, Mr. Joe Oyibo. He informed them that the facility had not been operated since its inception in 2008 due to lack of access to power from the national grid and assured them if the project was linked to the national grid, the plant would function optimally and contribute to the State’s revenue profile. Barrister Walson-Jack assured him that given the importance of the project to the State’s economy and the objective of Governor Wike to rapidly diversify it, the plant would be connected to the national grid in at most 3 months’ time.
At the RIVTAF Golf Estate as well as the Reef Court and E.G. Rivers Estates, the team commended the efforts of the development partners to actualize the State Government’s agenda in housing and assured them of Government’s continued support and participation as provided for in the respective partnership agreements.