Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the era of empty political promises in Rivers state is gone, saying that every single campaign promise he made will be fulfilled by his administration .
Speaking during the Foundation Laying Ceremony of the Rumuwoji (Mile 1) Market Phase 2 in Port Harcourt on Thursday, Governor Wike said he remains committed to the delivery of quality projects that will enhance the standard of living of the people.
He said that he pledged during the campaigns to rebuild the burnt Rumuwoji market when the former Amaechi administration used it to play politics. He said the groundbreaking which will be driven to completion is in fulfilment of his pledge.
He said: “You people (Rumuwoji people) have done your part by voting me as your governor. It is now my turn to fulfill my campaign promises, which we have already started. At the completion of the market, the indigenes of Rumuwoji will be allocated a percentage of the shops”.
The governor directed the Commissioner for Housing to commence negotiation for the acquisition of two houses closes to the market for the necessary expansion to accommodate Street traders.
He said his administration has despite the challenges of funding addressed the infrastructural needs of different suburbs in Port Harcourt.
In his remarks, Rivers State Commissioner for Housing, Mr Emma Okah said the Rumuwoji Market which has been razed down several times, will be upgraded with modern amenities .
He said that the new market will have 1356 stores, three clinics, elevators, 72 toilets and underground parking lot. He regretted that the former governor, Rotimi Amaechi, despite huge resources available to his administration, refused to rebuild the market despite several promises.
Chairman of Monier Construction Company, Senator John Mbata assured Governor Wike that the project will be completed on schedule. He said his company will adhere to the terms of the Public Private Partnership, PPP, entered into with the State Government.
Caretaker Committee Chairman of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, Mr Samuel Ejekwu commended Governor Wike for executing several key projects in the area.