A NEW YEAR GOODWILL MESSAGE DELIVERED BY THE CENTENNIAL MAYOR OF PORT HARCOURT CITY HON. CHIMBIKO ICHE AKAROLO TO THE GOOD PEOPLE OF THE GARDEN CITY ON THE 1st OF JANUARY 2014
As we bid farewell to the year 2013, may I on behalf of the Executive Members of Port Harcourt City Local Government Council and the Legislators wish the good people of the centennial city a Happy and prosperous New Year.
In a time like this, it is appropriate that we give thanks to God for preserving our lives and providing for our needs according to His immeasurable riches in glory. This season prompts us to acknowledge God’s love and goodness to all of us.
I also thank all those who have continue to support and pray for us right from the inception of this administration; truly your prayers and support have been a source of strength, comfort and encouragement.
The wonderful support we got from the Port Harcourt Council of Chiefs -the revered traditional institution of our land, and the cooperation from people doing business in Port Harcourt have strengthened my commitment towards making more sacrifices in building the Garden City of our collective dream and aspiration.
I am greatly honoured to address you as we celebrate with joy, the triumphant entry into the Year 2014, This year, instead of sitting down and coming up with a massive list of resolutions or covering your walls with a visualization map — I urge you to come up with one thing that you are willing to do, that would meaningfully contribute to the progress of our centennial city and then just do it.
For us as the third tier government, we have laid a solid foundation to pursue a new phase of Port Harcourt City where attention is given to the dilapidating and decaying infrastructure of our facilities by rebuilding and improving them for the sustainable development of our City under God's guidance and my ability.
While we have achieved a great deal, we should not, only mark this New Year in a spirit of self congratulation, but also see it as an occasion for calm and sober reflection. We need to take stock of the tasks and challenges that still lie ahead. For it is an index of the advances we have made.
Let me reassure that most on-going monumental projects embarked upon under my administration will be completed and commissioned in 2014.
Indeed, the forces that work and militate against us as a city and as individuals are many.
In Phalga the year 2013 has witnessed some occurrences that have been very disturbing to us. Here, I will mention just but a few:
(1) The challenge of street hawking and child labour has being a cause for concern for both government, as they constitute nuisance to road users, and litter the city with debris. The older hawkers initiate the younger ones into criminal tendencies, a situation that is so worrisome.
I therefore take this opportunity to urge all parents and guardians to resist the temptation of using these children as a source of livelihood.
These Children deserve a better life and government has provided free healthcare and school fees, uniforms and other writing materials for them.
(2) We are aware that some miscreant are impersonating our task force agents that are on the road thereby causing lots of harassment and intimidation on motorist. Council met and disbanded all tax force for about eight months now
Recently we have trained and recruited Phalga Special Traffic Task Force Team, well kitted and equipped to compliment the functions of TIMARIV. I state categoricall that any task force group not fully kitted with blue top, black trouser, black boot and blue Barrett should be arrested and prosecuted.
(3) The recent fire incident that befell traders at the Rumuwoji market was unfortunate as it has stripped off traders of their investment and means of livelihood.
As a government that share in the grieve of traders we have come up with some palliative measures to cushion the effect of the fire disaster so that it does not impact so badly on them.
We must emphatically warned that no illegal structures should be raised in the market to enable us commence the rebuilding process immediately.
We thank God almighty because no life was lost in the inferno.
With the dawning of a New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing 365 blank pages. Let us fill them with all our wishes and heart desires particularly now that the local government elections is around the corner. We must ceased this opportunity to mobilise our people from every ward to participate In the forthcoming election.
Fellow compatriots I call on you to join us in this exodus moment to salvage our people from corruption, political impunity and the travesty of justice Which is critical to our economic and political development.
I thank you for the honour you have bestowed on me by electing me as the Mayor of Port Harcourt to preside over these momentous changes at a time the city clocked one hundred years and beyond
I wish you all a prosperous and peaceful New Year.
God Bless You.
GOODWILL MESSAGE FROM PHALGA 2
On behalf of Phalga Executive Council and the legislators, the Mayor of Port Harcourt City Hon. Chimbiko Iche Akarolo wishes the chiefs, the Women Youth and the entire residents of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Indeed, in a moment like this, it is appropriate that we give thanks to God for preserving our lives and providing for our needs according to His immeasurable riches in glory.
As the year 2013 draws to a close, we need to take time to reflect on all that God has done for us as individuals and express profound gratitude to Him.
Let us also remember people who have shown kindness to us during the year and show appreciation to them. For, Christmas is also a time of joy and a time to say “thank you”!
Each New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing 365 blank pages. Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from last year—the words we forgot to say, the love we forgot to show, and the charity we forgot to offer.
Once again I wish you all a MERRY XMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Bolingo Manuchim Elenwo
Press Secretary to
The Mayor of Port Harcourt.