Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has charged the State Road Maintenance Agency to ensure that all roads with potholes are rehabilitated and made motorable.

Inaugurating the new Board of the Rivers State Road Maintenance Agency at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday,  Governor Wike urged members of the agency to work as a team to achieve results.

He said: "Settle down and draw out a comprehensive work plan on how to address the Potholes on some of the roads in Port Harcourt and its environs.

"Almost all the major roads in Port Harcourt have been awarded for reconstruction.  Therefore,  identify the roads that have not been awarded,  but have Potholes.

"When you identify these roads with Potholes,  funds will be released for their immediate rehabilitation ".

He noted that the Rivers State Road Maintenance Agency has no powers to award contracts.  He said the agency in the past awarded contracts to the tune of  N1billion, without authorization.

Governor Wike said that the agency is the direct labour arm of the Rivers State Government,  targeted at ensuring that roads don't degenerate.

"Make our roads motorable.  That is your basic function.  This agency is very important to the Rivers State Government.  That is why you must work day and night to achieve results", he said.

The Governor warned the members of the Agency against misappropriating funds meant for road rehabilitation.  He added that the Board also lacks the power to fix its wages.

While congratulating them  on their appointments,  Governor Wike called on the board members of the Rivers State Road Maintenance Agency to work to leave a record of service.

He reminded the Rivers State Road Maintenance Agency that previous boards were unceremoniously dissolved due to internal squabbles. He urged them to avoid needless infighting.

Responding,  Chairman of the Rivers State Road Maintenance Agency,  Prince Timothy Nsirim assured Governor Wike that members of the board will live up to expectations.

Nsirim thanked Governor Wike for the opportunity  to serve the state. He said the Agency will work hard to tackle Potholes in parts of the State Capital.

Simeon Nwakaudu,
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor,  Electronic Media.
15th October,  2019.