A survey conducted by media Awareness and justice initiatives has identified lack of access to education, Health, Electricity, unemployment and insecurities as major challenges affecting rural communities’ development in Rivers state.
The project officer of media awareness initiative IKECHUKWU AHAKA told newsmen in Port Harcourt that the research which was conducted across the three hundred and nineteen 319 wards in Rivers state revealed that out of the 5 focal needs assessment in various communities, unemployment and insecurities topped the chart.
He called on government at all levels to create practical channels of peaceful community engagement that will avail the citizens/communities the opportunities of making peaceful demands to their leaders who are product of the peoples will.
Mr. AHAKA also called on rivers state government to increase budgetary allocation to human capital development and security as a way of addressing community challenges and infrastructural deficiencies as identified by the communities
For his part the project Consultant of media Awareness and justice initiative KENTEBE EBIARIDOR called on well-meaning Rivers indigenes and key stakeholders to join hand in building inclusive platforms and structures to ensure that rural and urban communities are able to enjoy the dividends of good governance within the state
He said there is a community in Rivers state called AIYA IN ONNE Eleme Local Government Area with no form of light, no electricity nor portable Water and all the houses in that community are mud houses in this 21st century, ‘’when the people wants to charge their phones they take transport to Onne Trailer Pack to charge their phones for a fee then pay transport back ‘’