Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, has revealed plans by his administration to embark on aerial surveillance of the state to boost security. He said this during a meeting of professional stakeholders in Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
The governor said, “Before April next year, we’ll have two helicopters with surveillance cameras flying round Rivers State everyday to beef up the reconnaissance of the state.”
He said this would further boost security and curb crimes such as kidnapping which he noted is now fading away.
“Now I sleep well at night and wake up to read the security report of the state. But before now, I hear it myself, because they call me as it happens,” he said.
He said some of the recent kidnappings reported in the state are the handiwork of some criminal elements outside the state, but assured that his administration would make the State hot for them.
Amaechi announced government’s plan to collaborate with federal authorities to establish a military barrack at Omuma in Omuma local government area of the state to boost the activities of the Joint Military Task Force Anti-kidnapping Unit.
He further explained plans by his administration to negotiate with the Federal Government to allow the state to independently distribute its generated power. “We have 130 mega watts at the Trans-Amadi Power Station but the Federal Government didn’t allow us to distribute, and the law is on their side. When I visited the power station today I was told that the Power Holding Company, PHCN, only distributes 50 out of the 130 megawatts, and that is because they currently don’t have the capacity.”
“And now we are building additional 180 mega watts at Afam. We have asked the Federal Government to give us concession to do our own power distribution, they said no. But we are going ahead. We are anticipating the support of Mr. President. We have setup a committee to work out the modalities and the committee is headed by Mutiu Sunmonu, the Managing Director of SHELL,” he stressed.
Amaechi assured the people of Rivers State of improved power supply by the end of December 2012.
He also used the forum to intimate the Stakeholders on the vision of his administration as he enumerated key projects which his government has completed and was planning to complete before the end of his tenure.
Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors, NIESV, Rivers State Chapter, Mr. Emmanuel Okas-Wike, commended the governor for his foresight and commitment to develop the state.
He urged him to always engage the ideas of professionals in policy formulation and implementation as such attitude would give birth to synergy and understanding between the private sector and government.
Similarly, Chairperson of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, Rivers and Bayelsa states chapter, Mrs. Ekanma Akpan, scored the Rivers State Government 70 per cent on its economic policies.