Abandoned projects have become a common feature in various parts of Rivers State.
Our correspondent who visited some of the projects reports that weeds and dangerous reptiles have taken over many of them, while some completed ones have had their installed features damaged or removed.
The Highrise buildings at Rainbow Town in Trans Amadi embarked upon by the Amaechi administration in compunction with First Bank PLC, has remained uncompleted. A large crane hanging on top of the buildings is the sign of long abandonment.
Model Secondary School Sakpenwa in Tai LGA embarked was completed with hostels and other educational facilities.
The schools which an indigene of Ogoni, Barisua Bebe described as one of the best in the country that time, operated for a few academic years under an Indian management before it was abandoned. The magnificent buildings and other installations are laying waste, as grasses have taken them over.
Another magnificent secondary school, Nne Kuru Kurubo Model Secondary School, Ebubu Eleme which boasts of modern educational facilities also operated for sometime before it was abandoned.
The shopping mall at GRA Junction close to Kilimanjaro Fast-food started by the Omehia Administration is laying waste, although the mall was almost completed.
As at the time of filing this report, walls of the buildings had depreciated. It was learnt that former Governor Rotimi Amaechi who took over after Omehia declared the mall as having structural defects and abandoned it.
Songhai Farm in Tai Local Government Area which was producing various agricultural products during Amaechi’s days is now moribund.
Legborsi Yamaabana an indigene of Khana local government area said if the farm had been sustained it would have greatly boosted food production in the state.
It is the same story forBuguma Fish Farm which was into large fish farming in the past. The farm, our reporter gathered was producing fish in commercial quantity, but now the fish ponds have dried up.
The Amaechi Administration acquired a number of trawlers for deep sea fishing. The trawlers, we gathered, went into deep sea fishing several times, bringing with them various species of fish. The remains of some of those trawlers abandoned were stationed at the Admiral Porbeni Jetty at Borokiri.
The Fire Service building at Borokiri had long been abandoned, and is now used as residential houses.
There is an uncompleted over head bridge referred to as Amaechi’s Flyover at Igwuruta close to Salvation Ministries new site. The pillars had been erected, but the bridge itself had not been mounted. That was the level it reached before it was abandoned.
The Mono Rail, a project Rivers people have described as a white elephant had allegedly gulped more than N45 billion.
Executed with fanfare by the Amaechi administration, the monorail now stands as a monument in the pantheon of abandoned projects in the stake.
Although, Governor Wike has completed some projects, particularly roads that Amaechi left behind, the monorail is said to be considered no go area because of its cost.
Rivers indigenes who spoke to our correspondent said the abandoned projects were a waste of Rivers money and resources.