Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor Barr. Nyesom Wike has emphasized that a New Garden City will emerge at the end of the urban renewal programme of his administration.
Governor Wike stated this in a press release made available to The Post, while speaking at the Inauguration Dinner of the 26th President of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA).
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, said he is committed to the infrastructural development of Port Harcourt and its environ, adding that he will make the Garden City the pride of the nation.
Wike said he is willing to partner with NIA to achieve set objectives and also bring on board the aspirations of the State.
He explained that in the last six months of his administration, the State Government has been able to construct roads, fill up potholes, rehabilitate schools and built 100 housing units in Iriebe in his first hundred days in office to alleviate the housing problems of the people.
He lauded the NIA for the choice of Arc. Tonye Braide as President after 55 years of their existence and called on members to support him to take the organization to the next level.
“We will not go back on our Urban Renewal programme. We will do all we can to achieve this so that we will not fail the people who voted us in. Our Government is open to good advice from Professional Organizations such as NIA,” he said.
Senator George Sekibo, who was also present at the occasion, said the role of the NIA cannot be over emphasized in the development of any nation.
Senator Sekibo wondered why architects are usually blamed over building collapse, whereas most people prefer to patronize quacks.