The Executive Chairman of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, Rowland Sekibo, has complained about the age-long defecation in rivers by most residents of riverine communities, who use them as lavatory, saying it was contaminating the rivers.
Sekibo, who spoke at Abonnema while inspecting a water project, the second phase of the Abonnema Ring Road and rural electrification project in the area, expressed dissatisfaction with “River latrine” still used by some residents of the area.
He indicated that plans were afoot to provide good toilet facility for the people of the area, saying: “We are partnering stakeholders to get land for the building of good toilet facility in the area.” “It is a shame that our people still use River latrine. You know this has contributed to the pollution of our river. It may be a bit challenging to change, but our people will appreciate it,” Sekibo said.
The council boss disclosed that his administration would encourage fish farming in the area, adding that there was no need to pollute the water which will drive the process.
Water projects for 10 communities
Sekibo said the council and the state government were partnering UNICEF to provide potable water for 10 communities in the area, revealing that the state governor, Nyesom Wike, had made available funds for the completion of the water project in the area.
He reassured the people that the council was working tirelessly to restore power in the area, noting that plans were ongoing to replace the bad transformer in the area with a better one to serve the communities.
He expressed optimism that the internally generated revenue of the council will increase in his administration, disclosing that the council will purchase more commercial vehicles and boats to generate revenue for the local government area.
Call for reactivation of Abonnema seaport
Meanwhile, the council boss has called on the Federal Government to reactivate the seaport situated in the area, saying that Abonnema, headquarters of the local government area, was known for businesses and international trade in its early days as a result of the seaport.
“We expect our sons, who are part of the federal cabinet to ensure that the port is revamped, if this is done, it will really open up employment opportunities for the people of the area. “Gas pipes have already been laid from here to Bonny Island and this will take the intervention of the Federal Government to revamp the moribund Port of Abonnema,” he said.
Credit – Davies Iheamnachor (The Vanguard)