The Rivers State Government has assured boat operators and passengers in the State of adequate protection along the waterways.
The Rivers State Commissioner for Transport Akie Dagogo-Fubara stated this while inspecting facilities at the construction sites of the Bille/Bonny Jetty during the oversight function of the Rivers State House of Assembly, House Committe on Transport.
From L-R: Abinye Pepple, Groundville Wellington, Akie Dagogo-Fubara and Mrs Wigwe (Perm Sec Rivers State Min of Transport)
Akie Dagogo Fubara stated that the State Government is partnering with security operatives to ensure adequate protection of passengers and boat operators along the waterways.
The Commissioner for works revealed that Governor Nyesom Wike has purchased gun boats for security personnel’s for patrol along the waterways in the State.
He added that the contractor handling the construction Bille/Bonny jetty has being fully mobilized for the project and assured Rivers people that the jetty will be ready by May 2017.
Meanwhile, the Member Representing Bonny Constituency at the Rivers State House of Assembly Engr.Abinye Blessing Pepple said the Bille/Bonny jetty would boost economic and tourism activities in Bonny when completed.
Abinye Pepple, however, appealed to the people of Bonny to exercise patience with the State Government as they work towards completing the project by May.
He also assured Bonny people of Governor Nyesom Wike’s commitment to improve security of lives and properties along the Bonny-Port Harcourt waterways.
Furthermore, the Member Representing Bonny Constituency at the Rivers State House of Assembly Engr.Abinye Blessing Pepple commended Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike for initiating people’s oriented projects that will have lasting impact on residents of the State.
Also speaking, the Chairman House Committee on Transport Groundville Wellinton said the project would boost economic activities in and around the community hosting the jetty.The on-going Bille/Bonny Jetty
He commended the host community for their peaceful co-existence with the firm handling the project and urge them to continue to assist the contractor throught the duration of the project.
In a related development, the Chairman of Maritime Workers Union, Bonny Unit Maxwell Hart has called on the contractor handling the project to speed up construction work at the Bille/Bonny jetty.
He however, lauded Governor Nyesom Wike for talking the bold step in re-constructing the jetty.