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
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
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
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.