Monday, 4 March 2013

Amaechi Gives Ogu/Bolo Council N100m Grant, Promises ONELGA Continued Effort At Securing Lives And Properties

Amaechi (centre) with his Deputy, Engr. Tele Ikuru(left) and Chairman of Ogu/Bolo LGA, Maureen Tamuno at the Town hall meeting

Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi gave a grant of One Hundred Million Naira to Ogu/Bolo Local Government Council to augment steps taken by the council on developmental projects, including the linking of Bolo Town to the national grid aimed at boosting social and economic activities in the area.
Amaechi made the announcement recently while having his ‘Meet the People’ tour of local governments at the Town Hall located at the Headquarter of the LGA.

Addressing the people of the LG, the Governor said, “Your chairman has done well in the area of power, so we will support her with a N100 million grant, because the Ogu/Bolo council has taken on the rural electrification project which is also our priority project in the area of power. It is your entitlement, we hold the money for Rivers people and before June this year, we will bring out the money and mobilize contractors to site.” Click on read more below to continue reading...

He also asked the people of the LG to provide 21 hectares of land for erection of a model school.

“I also want the Commissioner for Education to bring me the survey plan to ensure we have 21 hectares of land and we handle as government project, so ignore who owns the land. Let us get 21 hectares of land as this will not only benefit Ogu/Bolo people that will go to school there, but the entire Rivers State”, he added.

Amaechi also reinstated his administration’s commitment to employing 13,000 teachers that would be trained and deployed to primary and secondary schools across the state.

Amaechi gave the people of the LGA the assurance that he would build more health centres for the various communities in the area to help in combating health related challenges they might have.

 “We will provide more health centres at Ogu, Wakama, Bolo and Ele communities because the people are surrounded by water. If a woman wants to deliver at midnight, where will she go to? You can’t say Bolo is close to Okrika or Wakama. So, we have decided to let the different communities have their health centres”, Governor Amaechi said.

He mentioned that his administration had completed the road project linking Ogu main town, the Bolo road and bridge project. 
Gov. Amaechi following a demand by the people of Ogu/Bolo to help them combact crime, promised to also build a Police Station in the area.
Chairman of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Council, Dame Maureen Tamuno, in reaction, called on all well meaning Nigerians to join the council in commending the leadership of Governor Amaechi which she said has impacted not only on Rivers State but the nation at large.

“The people of Ogu/bolo are very proud of you and as Governor of Rivers State you have not only brought true transformation and development we can see, but you have also rekindled the hope of the common man”, She said.
In another development during one of his ‘Meet the People’ tour, the Governor reemphasised his persistence in tackling crime rate and bringing it to its barest minimum in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area and every other part of the state.
He said he made the remark as a result of the high rate of insecurity and Kidnapping that has become a thing of worry to the communities in the local government, adding that he was on oath to protect the lives and properties of the Rivers people.
“The only responsibility in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that the governor has is the responsibility he swears to on oath- 'I will secure lives and properties'.  That is my responsibility to you. I promise you as I stand that I will continue to do that, to protect lives and property. We will continue to give all the necessary support to security agencies to restore law and order in ONELGA,” Amaechi assured.

He pointed out that the Police would need to play their roles effectively because it is their main service to the nation.
“You know, there are two angles to this.  One angle is me, I will give my necessary support but the police must also be ready to do their work.  We believe that the new Police Commissioner is equipped like the former one to deal with the situation.  But before you boo at your chairman, know that he does not have powers to arrest the situation, only the police can. In fact, it is the federal government responsibility to secure us but we as governors must work with our Commissioners of Police to ensure that you are secure. Please give us just one month to sit down and arrest the situation”, he said.

Amaechi also said that his administration has completed five primary health care centres in the Local Government with the sixth one under construction at Akabuka.

“You know, I promised to tell you the truth all the time.  So here, out of six, five of the primary healthcare centres: Ase Azagah, Omoku, Mgbede, Okwuzi and Ebocha are completed and in use, and that is 90 per cent of our promise completed,” he elucidated.

He assured that his administration would complete ongoing road projects in the local government and reconstruct internal roads and drainage in the council headquarters, Omoku.

On education, Amaechi said that funds had been disbursed to the State Ministry of Education to complete all model primary schools under construction in the local government.

“We assume that 60 per cent of the primary schools we started in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area are yet to be completed and what we have done, I can tell you, is that we have released money to Commissioner for Education to start the completion of all primary schools we have not completed so that Omoku and all those areas will benefit. Also remember that the childrena re not to pay a dime to the schools because the free education system extends to them,” he said.

He mentioned the completed model primary schools in the LG as Community Primary School Ndoni, Community School Obiede-Erema, State School Obrikom, St. Stephens Primary School, Omoku, amongst others.

He also said that his administration had awarded 118 students scholarships that are from the LG to study in universities abroad.
He also promised to build a model secondary school in the Local Government once the land was provided, while urging the youths in the council to be disciplined and channel their energy at achieving positive result that would benefit both their families and the community at large.

Reacting, Chairman of the Local Government Area, Hon. Raymond Wokocha, commended the Governor on his developmental strides.

 “Your Excellency’s vision of periodically fraternizing with the people of Rivers State aimed at acquainting the people with the policies and programmes of Government, as well as identifying their pressing needs is highly appreciated.  Holding wider consultation, identifying the plight of the people and responding swiftly to them are the hallmark of sound democratic practice,” Wokocha said.

In his speech, he said that the projects which Ameachi’s administration embarked on were outstanding, “Your Excellency Sir, there is no gainsaying the fact that you have recorded an indelible mark on the sands of time in terms of your giant development strides in the state. These various projects, ranging from model secondary schools, primary schools, health centres, roads etc. are all located throughout the length and breadth of the state. While most of these projects have been delivered, some of them are at various stages of completion. A good number of scholarship awards have been given to our students both at the under and post graduate level, within and outside Nigeria.  Above all, your swift intervention in the various crises that threatened the corporate existence of our area averted an impending breakdown of law and order that was cleverly masterminded by some social miscreants”.

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