The Rivers State Government will embark on the sand-filling and shore protection of Bille Kingdom in 2018, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Council of Chiefs of Bille Kingdom at Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday, Governor Wike noted that the project will be added in the budget of next year.
He stressed that the project is vital to the sustenance of Bille town, noting that it will be executed in phases.
He also announced that his administration will complete the construction of the Bille Primary Health Centre and Model Primary School abandoned by the immediate past APC administration in the state.
The governor said: “We shall complete the abandoned Primary Healthcare Centre and Model Primary School in Bille. These are projects that we shall tackle immediately”.
He said that the State Government is constructing the Bonny/ Bille/ Nembe Jetty in line with approved specifications, assuring the Bille Kingdom that their interest in the project will be protected.
On the request for appointments for indigenes of Bille by the leaders of Bille Kingdom, Governor Wike said that he will address the issue . He decried the marginalisation of minority communities, which he said his administration is already addressing.
Earlier, the Amanyanabo of Bille Kingdom, Chief Ibitamino Minapaka (Opu Angula XVII) in an address read on his behalf by Barrister Iyalla Igani lauded Governor Wike for the construction of the Bille/ Bonny/Nembe Jetty which he said will create safe and secure marine transport to the kingdom.
He appealed to the governor to complete the Primary Healthcare Centre and Model Primary School in Bille Kingdom abandoned by the immediate past APC administration.
The Amanyanabo of Bille Kingdom condemned the withdrawal of the governor’s police details and the sack of six policemen attached to his convoy by the Inspector-General of Police.