The Ikwerre Local Government Council in Rivers State is set to unveil a mass transit system for residents in the council to ease the high cost of transportation following a new increase in the price of petrol.
The council’s Chief of Staff, Darlington Orji made this known on Nigeria Info’s Morning Crossfire while appraising the performance of the local government Chairman, Samuel Nwanosike ahead of the end of his tenure.
Orji said the transport system is a long-term plan that will have the local government buses operate at a subsided fee.
Speaking on steps taken by the council to prevent flooding in the area, Orji disclosed that a twelve-man committee has been inaugurated for community-to-community sensitization within the council, as well as the production of radio jingles to prepare residents ahead of the 2023 floods.
An earlier forecast by the Nigerian Metrological Agency, NIMET stated that 2023 would witness early onset of rainfall accompanied by flooding especially in coastal areas in the South-South such as Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, and Rivers State.
The Ikwerre council Chief of Staff also condemned the building of structures on waterways hindering the free flow of water in the area.
Orji also warned against paying local government revenues to unauthorized persons posing as staff of the council.