From TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Executive Council (SEC) has given approval for the construction of a new House of Assembly quarters in Port Harcourt, at the cost of N10.1 billion.
The new legislative quarters, which is expected to provide members of the State House of Assembly global standard accommodation, is expected to be completed within 16 months.
The approval for the construction of the new legislative quarters was given during the SEC meeting presided over by Governor Nyesom Wike, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday.
State Commissioner for Housing, Chinedu Tasie, disclosed this shortly after the SEC meeting.
Tasie said the new Assembly Quarters would be built at the same site the former one was constructed.
He explained that the project comprises of 32 number four bedroom duplexes as against the other block of flats now considered to be obsolete.
The Commissioner for Housing said two rooms boy’s quarters would be attached to each of the duplexes.
According to him, other features of the new legislative quarters included a multipurpose hall, green area, security accommodation, guard office, gate houses and network of roads, as well as underground drainages.
Tasie said: “It has been awarded to an indigenous company, Lubriks Construction Company, to undertake the project for a period of 16 months and the contract sum approved is N10.1 billion”.
The Commissioner of Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, said the approval for the construction was a further demonstration of government’s determination to ensure that the legislative arm in the State enjoys decent accommodation and to also boost the synergy that exists between the two arms of government.
Nsirim stated: “You will recall that in this state, the relationship between the executive, legislature and the judiciary is one that is being celebrated across the country because of the leadership that His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has given in the State. So, we are looking forward to a global standard accommodation for our legislators, which will help them in the legislative business in the years ahead”.