Rivers state governor, Chibuike Amaechi, on Thursday pledged to complete all ongoing projects being undertaken by the state government before handing over to his successor.
In a broadcast to mark the New Year in Port Harcourt, Amaechi said the government was mindful of the task ahead and would remain focused to complete work in the various sectors in the remaining months.
“As we noted in our New Year address on January 1, 2014, we have pursued our projects with great zeal within the financial space available”, he said.
According to the governor, the administration will also properly document all the projects and programmes it executed for handover to its successor.
Amaechi said the administration had focused on building a knowledge-based economy anchored on the development of infrastructure, agriculture, human capital, and Information and Communication Technology.
He listed some of the achievements of his government to include construction of 500 world-class primary schools and four international secondary schools.
“We retrained over 10,000 teachers and employed over 13,000 fresh ones to improve teaching in our schools.
“A University of Education was established to help produce professional teachers and it has graduated its first batch of 688 graduate teachers post-affiliation”.
On agriculture, Amaechi said the government had established the multi-billion naira Songhai International Complex, the Fish Farm Projects and the Cassava Initiative to enhance agricultural activities in the state.
“The private sector has been invited for genuine partnership and this has led to the revamping of RISONPALM, the establishment of a banana plantation, all to create jobs”, he said.
The governor said 120 health care centres and three tertiary health care facilities had been built by the state government across the state.
Amaechi also said 436 new doctors and 400 new nurses were employed to provide services in the new health institutions built in the state.
“The Administration’s most outstanding success is the war against the dreaded Ebola virus disease (EVD) which has won huge respect for Rivers State and for Nigeria.
“Here, we must commend our people for demonstrating total support and loyalty to the government”, he said. (NAN)