Rivers Govt. To Spend N74bn On Monorail Project

The Rivers Commissioner for Transport, George Tolofari, has said that the state government will spend N74 billion on its monorail project to ease traffic in Port Harcourt.

Tolofari made the remark while conducting the team of Good Governance Tour, led by Information Minister Labaran Maku, round the project site.

He said that out of the amount, N19 billion had been spent so far on the first phase of the project, covering 6.5 km.

Tolofari said that all the equipment needed for the completion of Phase 1 had been acquired, including?the train with seven coaches, out of which one would be dedicated to the handicapped.

According to him, the second phase?has five coaches.

“The monorail is designed in such a way that people from the town will park their vehicles at Lagos bus-stop and use the train to go wherever they want to go in the city.

“We are expecting that this first phase will be completed by September,'' he said.

The team also visited Kesley Harrison Hospital and Dental Maxillo Facial Hospital, built by the state government at?a cost of N2 billion each.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Sampson Parker who?conducted the team round the two hospitals situated in Port Harcourt, said that they were referral institutions.

Parker said that the institutions have the state-of-the-art equipment with Kesley Hospital having 150 beds. (NAN)