Rivers Govt. to review Greater Port Harcourt City master plan

Mr Desmond Akawo, the Administrator, Greater Port Harcourt City Authority, said on Thursday in Port Harcourt, that the master plan of the city would be reviewed in line with global best practices.

Akawo who spoke during an interaction with journalists,
said that the Phase 1 of the city, which would be ready in the next two years, must satisfy the requirements of a modern city.

Akawo noted that the master plan was overdue for review, having been over eight years, adding that it is imperative to make Greater Port Harcourt a mega city.

He said that the new city was based on a vision of decongesting the old city.

Akawo said that the Authority had embarked on the construction of a mega road project, which would link Onne Sea Port with Port Harcourt International Airport.

‘’The Greater Port Harcourt City Authority has started the construction of M-10 Road with five lanes on each side, linking Onne with International Airport, Port Harcourt.

‘’Water scheme of the Phase 1 Area of the city is almost completed. The first thing we did when I came on board was to move to Igwuruta as our head office,’’ Akawo said.

He said that the Authority would not fail to install CCTV in all the sensitive locations in the new city for adequate security of lives and property.

Akawo explained that it had always been the vision of the Authority to allow satellite cities like Eleme, Degema, among others to develop at their paces.

According to him, Rivers is like a one city state, adding that the concept is to create satellite towns to decongest Port Harcourt.