Rivers Assembly Lashes Out At Activities Of Mechanics…Charges
By Ngozi Anosike
The Rivers State lawmakers have frowned at the way and manner
most of the major roads in Rivers State have been converted to
This was sequel to the motion presented by Hon Golden Ngozi
Chioma (Etche) during its plenary session.
According to him, most of the major roads as well as areas
designated as motor parks have been ravaged by mechanics, as
mechanic workshops are scattered in undeveloped properties in
most streets of the state capital.
He regretted that the various bodies saddled with the
maintenance of order on our roads have fallen short of their
responsibilities and prayed the House to among other things
direct the Rivers State Environmental to within one month rid
all the roads and parts in Port Harcourt metropolis of mechanic
In their various speeches, the lawmakera supported the motion
and opined that a particular place be assigned to them for their
They also noted with dismay that the road decongestion
committee, Rivers State Environmental Sanitation Authority and
Timariv have failed in their responsibilities of ensuring that
roads are rid of rickety vehicles, as what they do instead is to
jump at any vehicle that suddenly breaks down on the road in
order to collect money from the owner.
In his ruling, the Speaker, Rt Hon Otelemaba Amachree stated
that something has to be done in order to stop the nuisance
caused by the conversion of the roads to mechanic workshops and
ruled that the Controller General of TIMARIV, Commissioner For
Transport, Chairman of Rivers State Environmental Sanitation
Authority, chairmen of Port Harcourt, Obio/Akpor, Oyigbo and
Eleme Local Government Councils be invited to the House for a
meeting in order to discuss how best to address the menace.
Meanwhile, the House has also received the interim report of
investigation from the adhoc committee on discriminatory
employment practices and environmental pollution by companies
operating in Rivers State.
Presenting the report, the chairman of the committee, Hon Chidi
Julius Lloyd (Emohua) recommended among other things, that the
Rivers State Employment Law, 2000 be either reviewed or
The debate on the report was deferred to enable members go
through it in order to be able to make inputs.###