Rivers State Executive Council has approved the construction of a flyover at Elimgbu/Rumuokwurushi axis of the East-West road in Port Harcourt at the cost of ₦8.2 billion.
The approval was given at the EXCO meeting held at Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday.
At a press briefing, the Commissioner for Works, Elloka Tasie-Amadi, said the project is scheduled for completion within 12months.
“The total length is 840 meters comprising 526.5meters bridge and 313 meters of transition zone to the bridge. The width is 17.6meters in dual carriage configuration and it will feature service lanes, middle terms, pedestal crossing, streets and traffic lights,” he said.
The Council also approved for the State to access its share of the Healthcare Support Credit Facility Fund established by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The Commissioner for Finance, Isaac Kamalu said that CBN floated the fund in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic to cushion the impact of Covid-19 on both national and sub national economies.
Kamalu pointed out that council wants the State to participate and has therefore approved that it access the ₦2. 5billion Healthcare Support Credit Facility Fund from the CBN.
“The ₦2.5 billion is structured into two components. ₦2 billion will be for healthcare infrastructure support and ₦500 million as revolving credit for medical consumables.”
Kamalu explained that Rivers State Government intends to use the fund to establish a world class Radiotherapy Center and Department at the Dr. Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Treatment and Diagnostic Center in Port Harcourt.
Part of the money, he said, will also be channeled towards the upgrading of healthcare facilities at the Prof. Kesley Harrison Hospital and the Dental and Maxillofacial Hospital in Port Harcourt.
“As you are aware, the facility has been utilised by virtually all the States and Rivers State is among the few that are yet to utilise the facility.
“So, government has, in its wisdom, thought it necessary that this facility should be accessed so that members of the public, as well as those living in the state can utilise the outcome of this in terms of medical service provision.”
The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim noted that the approval by council has given impetus for an expansion of existing healthcare facilities and revamp of moribund ones that will further serve the healthcare needs of Rivers people.