Community Seeks Govt’s Intervention On Collapsed Jetty
Residents of Isaka Community in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State, have appealed to the government to come to their aid and reconstruct their collapsed jetty as the situation is adversely affecting their only means of transportation to and from Port Harcourt.
The Chairman of Community Development Committee (CDC) in the area, Mr. Tamunoigbeinbia Reuben James in an exclusive interview with The Tide correspondent in Port Harcourt said the deplorable condition of the jetty had been a great concern to the entire tax paying and law-abiding citizens of Isaka community, even the students of Sports Institute of Rivers State (SIRS), and appealed to the state government and other corporate organisations to urgently come to their rescue.
Mr. James said the improvised wooden walkway to the waterfront constructed by the CDC would soon collapse again, thereby putting the people into more terrible condition, adding that whenever there was low tide, the people passed through hell to and from their community.
He disclosed that efforts made to the state government through the local government council and Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) had not yielded any result and expressed optimism that they would come to their plight, so that they would also enjoy the dividends of democracy.
The CDC chairman also lamented the pitiable condition of the only access road to the jetty from Harbour Road to Reclamation and appealed to the authorities to come to their aid as it is a threat to the lives of the people.
Also speaking, a community leader and publicity Secretary, Eastern zone of Ijaw National Congress (INC), Mr Fubara Roberts said the collapsed jetty posed a great danger to even the civil servants, workers and students, stressing that it was always terrible when there was low tide and also appealed to the government to address the local government their plight as the people find it difficult to go to work.
Mr. Roberts also called on the authorities to dredge the waterfront of the jetty to enable the people gain access to the improvised wooden walkway during ebb tide as boats could not berth at the shore.
Mr. Alali Johnbull, an executive of the CDC also decried the deplorable state of the jetty and the one at Isaka community, and pleaded with the government, the NDDC and others to see the situation as critical.
A student of the institute, Kenneth Oruguga also lamented the difficulties students are passing through and called for the construction of the road and the jetty.