RSG To Name Model Schools After Prominent Citizens
The new model primary schools built by the Rivers State Government across the state will be named after prominent sons and daughters of the communities in which they are located.
Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari announced the plan at the end of the 14th State Executive Council Meeting yesterday in Port Harcourt.
She also disclosed plans by the government to complete compensation to property owners at the Abonnema waterfront.
Explaining on how the new primary schools will be named she said,” council has directed that communities will get involved in this, and very soon Ministry of Education will be announcing the modalities. So we will be expecting communities to send nominations of people within those communities after whom they think the schools be named-whether living or dead. ‘’The commissioner explained that the policy was part of scheme to immotalise those who have contributed to the state, noting that it will cover 250 of the schools now waiting for commissioning.
Mrs. Semenitari hinted that about 37 0f the schools are currently in use, while President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to flag-off ‘’Operation deliver 250 schools in 250 days,” as part of the official handing over exercise of the schools to the different communities.
On the Abonnema Waterfront compensation, she stressed that state government was poised to ensure that all property owners get adequate payment, and frowned at insinuations that government is shortchanging some persons.
The Rivers State Government has committed to pay the market values of those properties and to ensure that all those affected are compensated,” she noted.
Already, she disclosed that some money has been paid and that the commissioner for urban development has been directed to over see effective disbursement as agreed with the property owners in the area.
Commenting on the unwholesome activities of tanker drivers and the recent impasse between them and government, Mrs Semenitari said government has resolved the matter.
She added that government will ensure that the tanker drivers adhere to the laws of the state by being orderly in their activities.
The commissioner comments come as some residents and landlords in Abonnema waterfront last Wednesday protested what they alleged was government’s reluctance to implement earlier agreement reached with the landlords on the appropriates value of compensation to them.
Some of the landlords said they were unwilling to collect the compensation being paid by government.