To mark his third year in office, Governor Nyesom Wike has embarked on commissioning of projects embarked upon by his administration in different local government areas of the state. The governor has invited Nigerians from different states as well as across party divides to witness what his administration has achieved within three years in office.

One of such invitees, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta State had described the governor as an example to other governors and went ahead to describe the govenor as ‘Mr Good Projects’. Two days ago while also commissioning two projects within the state, the Sokoto state governor Rt Honorable Aminu Tambuwal urged the governor to sustain his tempo of development, while commending him for investing massively in the education sector.

However, the opposition APC has constantly maintained that most of the projects being commissioned by the governor are projects that were either already completed by the previous government of Rotimi Amaechi who recently stated at a function that his government did not see project commissioning as a priority, or were 90% completed.

While the governors efforts in building roads, renovating hospitals and schools amongst other things is commendable, the flood situation in Rivers State has been a source of concern for many residents. Last year the Mkpolu Rumuigbo axis of the city was completely abandoned by residents with properties worth millions of naira destroyed. With the experiences last year, one would have expected the state government to raise to the challenge and address the flooding, but surprisingly nothing is being done. With the rainy season here already, a drive round the city after a 10 minutes rain is extremely tedious with almost every major area being flooded. Residents of different parts of the state are already sending ‘save our soul’ to radio stations everyday, pleading with the governor to come to their aid.

With each rain and the subsequent flood, the stanch from the various heaps of refuse scattered all over the state makes life uncomfortable for motorists and pedestrians as well. From Okporo road to the Port Harcourt – Aba Express way to sections of the East West Road, to Ikwerre road, to Oyigbo are confirmations of the fact that the waste management system of the state government has either failed completely or is overwhelmed by the amount of refuse disposed by residents daily. Whatever the case, it is unacceptable in a state known as the ‘Garden City’.

In the remaining one year of its tenure, the governor of Rivers State would do well to give attention to proper waste management and flood control. The negative effects of having these key areas neglected are numerous and will also affect negatively whatever projects are being executed by the government. Since the rains are here already, palliative measures can be put in place to address the flooding situation in the state – the earlier the better, as the state is certainly not ready to have a refugee situation within the state. The governor should also mandate the state waste management agency to be alive to its responsibilities.

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Posted on: July 6, 2018, by :

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