Rivers lays foundation for Mile One market phase II
In fulfillment of its pledge to embark on urban renewal schemes that would uplift citizens standard of living, the State authorities have laid the foundation for the second phase of the popular Mile One market in Rumuwoji, Port Harcourt.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike while performing the foundation laying ceremony, said he remains committed to the delivery of quality projects that will enhance the people’s welfare.
He said the project was part of his campaign promises to the Rumuwoji people, adding that his administration is committed to the fulfillment of his pledge.
The governor, however, directed the Commissioner for Housing to commence negotiations for the acquisition of two houses close to the market for the necessary expansion to accommodate street traders.
He said, despite the challenges of funding, his administration has addressed the infrastructural needs of different suburbs in Port Harcourt.
In his remarks, Rivers State Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Emma Okah said the Rumuwoji Market which has been razed down several times, will be upgraded with modern amenities.
He said that the new market would have 1,356 stores, three clinics, elevators, 72 toilets and underground parking lot. He regretted that the former governor, Rotimi Amaechi, despite huge resources available to his administration, refused to rebuild the market despite several promises.
The contractor, and Chairman of Monier Construction Company, Senator John Mbata assured that the project would be completed on schedule. He said his company would adhere to the terms of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) entered into with the State Government.
Caretaker Committee Chairman of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, Mr. Samuel Ejekwu commended Governor Wike for executing several key projects in the area.
It would be recalled that the market was gutted by fire in 2004. The first phase was started by former Governor Celestine Omehia and was completed by the administration of Chibuike Amaechi.
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