Port Harcourt – The governorship candidate of the Labour party in Rivers State, Prince Tonye Princewill, has said that his administration would invest in Housing and Transport sectors to impact on the people.
Princewill told newsmen in Port Harcourt that if elected his administration would use the Private Public Partnership to invest in the two sectors.
“We will create the environment for which Private sector enterprise can get involved. My plan is to make Port Harcourt a lot freer and traffic less hectic.
“It is to make it in such a way that people can move from one point to another with ease. It is about flexible steady transport planning,’’ he said.
According to Princewill, his administration will create bus lanes to make it easier for public transport operators.
“ We will also invest in transport infrastructure. We will have rail that can move people within the city to lessen traffic on the major roads,’’ he said.
The candidate also said he would improve security and water transportation to ensure free movement of goods and people to different coastal communities.
On housing, Princewill said if elected, his administration would invest in low-cost housing for the people.
He said some major arms of government would be decentralised and made to operate outside the state capital.
“As the ministries and parastatal agencies move government will use the opportunity to build houses for workers in the rural areas.
“This will ease transport in the state capital and make people live in their own houses,’’ he said.
Princewill said past administrations in the state had paid lip service to transport and housing sectors which made the costs of accessing the services prohibitive.
“Housing and Transport form some of the basic needs of our people.
“If we can make transportation cheaper and more efficient, if we can bring house rent down, you are affecting the lives of the common man,’’ he said.