Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi
Adebiyi Adedapo â€¨in Port Harcourtâ€¨
The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF) and Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, Thursday said that the phase 1a and 1b of its 6.5 kilometres mass transit monorail system in Port Harcourt would be completed by September 2013.
Amaechi said this yesterday when the National Good Governance Tour (NGGT) team led by the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, paid him a courtesy visit in is office.
The governor enjoined the Federal Government to pursue its commitment towards achieving a 24-hour electricity power supply, urging that the National Integrated Power Plant (NIPP) project located at Omoku should be completed.
"We are not in position to tell Rivers people why we haven't given them constant power supply, may be now that they are aware of your coming, they will be on site," he said.
While conducting the team round the monorail site, the state Commissioner for Transport, Mr. George Tolofari, stated that the project had gulped N19 billion to get to its present stage.
He also said the six different coaches had been acquired, adding that one coach would be dedicated to the physically challenged.
The system according to him, would alleviate the traffic congestion in the city, shorten travel duration and at the same time facilitate urban development.
NGGT also visited the 17.7 kilometres Ada-George dualisation road which was said to be 75 per cent completed.
The 10-meter width federal road is being dualised to a six-lane road by the state government at the cost of N16.3 billion while N12.2 billion had been paid to the contractor.
Ameachi, however, commended the NGGT, as he said the tour had kept alive a healthy competition amongst state governors.
He said, unlike what obtained in the past, rivalry among the governors now borders on who will outdo the other in terms of performance.
He added that the 36 state governors do not discuss politics during its regular meetings.
According him, the Forum's mission statement seeks to provide a platform for collaboration amongst governors on matters of public policy and seeks to promote good governance.
"We have never ever quarrelled over politics. We have never discussed politics at Governors’ Forum, never. What we have always discussed is who is doing what," he said.
Adding that "I love competition and we discuss development in Governors' Forum. There is a huge competition among us in governors’ forum."
Other projects visited included a Federal Government cancer centre at the University of Port Harcourt, and the N5.3 billion Obiri-Ikwerre flyover project.