By George Onah
PORT HARCOURT — The Rivers State Government has approved the release of N9 billion for the take off of the state Rural Electrification Programme, which will give electricity to all communities in the state.
To fast tract the process, the state’s Executive Council directed the Ministry of Finance to release N2.7 billion immediately, representing 30 percent of the total value of the scheme, to the Ministry of Power for the commencement of the project.
Commissioner for Power, Mr. Augustine Wokocha, disclosed, yesterday, while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the state Executive Council meeting in Port Harcourt, that the government was determined to provide electricity to every community in the state.
Wokocha said the exco also directed the Ministry of Power to immediately kick-start the project by taking one community after another, to ensure proper monitoring and coordination.
“It was resolved that the contract should not be awarded generally, and should not be done in a haphazard manner, rather anywhere we start we will take it to its logical conclusion before taking up the next group of Communities”.
Wokocha announced that Exco encouraged Rivers people and residents of the state to embrace the “Riv_Green Project” by planting grass and flowers around their compound, to make them green for a healthier environment.
The council, he said also approved the allocation of a piece of land for the building of a plastic recycling plant in the state, in collaboration with the Federal Government and directed the commissioner for Lands and Survey to make land available for the project.
Accordingly, when completed and functional the project he said would create employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths in the state.