By PRECIOUS IBINABO DAVIDS, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Government is to acquire big boats for sea transportation in coastal communities.
Deputy Governor of Rivers State Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo disclosed this Saturday, during a courtesy visit to the palace of the Amayanabo of Grand Bonny Kingdom, HRM, King Edward Asimini Dappa Pepple, Perekule IX, in Bonny Island.
According to a statement signed by the Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Paul Damgbor
she said the acquisition of the boats would boost economic activities in the area and guarantee safety of lives and property.
On the reconstruction of Bonny Jetty, she said Governor Nyesom Wike recently visited some jetties, and promised to reconstruct the Bonny and Port Harcourt jetties within the shortest time to ease hardship experienced by the people.
The Deputy Governor expressed the preparedness of the State Government to collaborate with the efforts of Bonny people towards the actualization of the Bonny master plan project, stressing that the vision would be realized if the people take the driver’s seat in the project implementation, and enjoined other Stakeholders to identify with the vision.
Dr. Banigo said she was in the Amanyanabo’s Palace to thank the King, the Council of Chiefs and the entire Bonny people for the support given to her and the Governor during the April 11, 2015 elections which the Supreme Court had reaffirmed.
Responding, the Amanyanabo of Grand Bonny, HRM, King Edward Asimini Dappa Pepple, said the Bonny Council of Chiefs owe the Governor and his Deputy a duty to support the present administration, particularly knowing their pedigree in fulfilling promises.
He recalled that Governor Wike, as Coordinating Minister for Education, promised the establishment of a Polytechnic in Bonny, and today the Institution has commenced academic activities.
King Dappa Pepple used the occasion to advice Bonny Politicians to avoid unnecessary bickering and divisive tendencies that would deny them the benefit of governance, adding that the kingdom is endowed with a lot of human and material resources that could be used to advance development of the State.
He noted that Bonny Utility Company is seeking for partnership to ensure that the area enjoy better electricity power supply and urged the State Government to support the process.
Earlier, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Bonny Local Government Council Hon. Charles Tonye Jumbo, thanked the Deputy Governor for the visit and expressed their unalloyed support to the Wike-led Government.