RIVERS State governor, Nyesom Wike has stated that his administration will support every purposeful initiative that synchronises with the policy thrust of driving the development of the state with the deliberate and active involvement of the private sector.
Performing the ground breaking for the construction of spare parts dealers and auto-technicians complex in Port Harcourt on Saturday, Governor Wike commended the Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority for the initiative to construct the complex that will solve the challenge of the disorderly presence of spare parts dealers and auto-technicians in the state capital.
He said: “We are convinced that this facility will serve as a catalyst for the socio-economic development of the state. This facility will lead to a wider development of the communities around it by creating numerous other business opportunities to improve the quality of life for the entire area”.He appealed to the youths in the area to support those working at the project site, so they can deliver on schedule.
“We are mindful of the fact that today we are just breaking the ground. The greater challenge is for the partners to ensure that construction work starts in earnest and the project delivered within the 18 months target you have set”, the governor said.
He reiterated the commitment of his administration to attract serious investors to the state as they will profit from their investments.
In his address, chairman of the Board of Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority, Chief Ferninand Alabrabra said that the first phase of the project will be ready in six months. He noted that all the other phases will be completed within the 18 months time frame.
He said that the dream to move spare parts dealers and auto-technicians out of the Port Harcourt City centre has been in offing for 12 years, pointing out that the  pragmatic leadership of Governor Nyesom Wike has brought it to fruition.
The Sole Administrator of Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority, Ambassador Desmond Akawor said the facility would have 84 shops for spare parts dealers and 108 workshops for auto-technicians.
The ground breaking ceremony attracted top government officials and leaders of the host communities.

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