Isaka Decries Neglect, Demands Jetties
The people of Isaka community in Okrika local government area has called on the Rivers State government to construct landing Jetties at the Isaka and Port Harcourt ends to ameliorate the suffering they face in travelling to and from Port Harcourt.
Chairman of Isaka community Development committee (CDC), Capt Tamunosei Frank made the appeal in a chat with our correspondent at Isaka.
Frank, who spoke through the vice chairman Apostle Samuel Oriasi, said Isaka has been neglected by the state government adding that as law abiding citizens, they deserved government attention.
According to him, the jetties at Port Harcourt and Isaka are now death traps especially during low tide, as nobody crosses to avoid fallen or losing properties as their movements were determined by the tide.
Oriasi maintained that there is no government project in the community despite the fact that they are part and parcel of the current political system, disclosing that it is only the House of Assembly member-elect for Okrika constituency, Mrs. Linda Stewart that had build a Town Hall and Library for the people during her first tenure as law maker in the Assembly.
The chairman lamented that Isaka which used to be a tourist centre that host cultural festivals does not have electricity supply from the National grid and appealed to the authorities’ to revamp the holiday resort and tourist Centre for investors so that government could generate revenue for the state.
He assured that security would not be a problem as the community is ready to provide adequate security to ensure that the place bounced back to its lost glory, adding that Isaka is one of the peaceful communities in the state.
The CDC boss noted that contract for the Jetties were awarded by the Niger Delta Development Authority (NDDC) in 2016 but abandoned and called o he authorities to review that contract and bring those behind the failure of the project to face the full wrath of the law, so that it will serve as deterrent to others.
He also disclosed that Nigerian Ports Authority which also indicated interest to construct the Jetties had not shown up again.
He thanked CEEFOR for assisting the community with three speed boats with 40 horse power each and a 12 room toilet building which he said is worthy of emulation as way of helping the people of the community.