Rivers State Governor,Â Nyesom Wike has inaugurated the dredging, sand filling and reclamation of Bakana and Abalama coastal towns as part of the regeneration of riverine towns.
Azikel Dredging Ltd, which won the technical and financial bid for the project, has commenced the execution of the project.
During the inauguration of the project, the President of Azikel Group, Dr. Eruani Azibapu Godbless, promised to ensure that oceanic tidal and massive wave energy effect that had resulted in the loss of these communitiesâ€™ land would be regained.
On completion, 39 hectares are to be reclaimed in both communities, within the nine-month period. He pleaded for the participation and support of the critical stakeholdersâ€™ women and the youths that would be engaged in the course of this project, that would bring both human and infrastructural development to the state.
While speaking at the flag-off, Governor Nyesom Wike called on stakeholders to give the desired support to the contractors that has shown competence by mobilizing to site, even as he assured the company of adequate security and co-operation towards the completion of the project. The Chief of Bakana, who celebrated the governor for the project, called him Mr. Project for the massive economic programme across the state; and expressed optimism that the project would be completed on schedule as the contracting firm has been mobilized to site.
The flag off ceremonies was well attended by enthusiastic community members, youth, women and traditional leaders. Accompanying the Governor, were the Deputy Governor, Her Excellency Dr. Mrs Ipalibo Banigo, Former Deputy Speaker House of Representative Rt. Hon Austin Opara, Fmr. Minister of Sports Hon. Tam Danagogo and other Senior Citizens of Rivers State.
The Paramount Ruler of Abalama in appreciation of what the governor has done, assured the Group President of Azikel that community would do everything to ensure community participation, comfort and a conducive environment from inception to completion of the project.
He thanked the governor and celebrated him for fulfilling his promise to bring succor to communities that has suffered coastal challenges by ensuring the dredging, sandfilling, reclamation and regeneration of affected communities