Rivers State Government has said it would spend a whooping N1.5billion in celebrating the state’s 50th anniversary. It claimed the bulk of the funds would be provided by the private sector.
The Alternate Chairman of the Golden Jubilee Anniversary Committee, Chief Onueze Okocha (SAN), who disclosed this while briefing journalists in Port Harcourt yesterday, said they have already realised over N1 billion through donations from private donors.
“We have a budget of N1.5 billion for the celebration, most of which is expected to be raised from private donors. Already, we have raised over N1 billion from private donors. The golden jubilee celebration will be self-funded without any stress to the Rivers State government,” Okocha said.
He stated that the awards and honours sub-committee of the Golden Jubilee Committee, headed by former Minister of Transport, Dr. Abiye Sekibo, has shortlisted names of founding fathers and heroes of the old Rivers State who will be honoured during the celebration.
The Golden Jubilee Committee alternate chairman stated that the purpose of the celebrations was to showcase the history, unique geography and the rich cultural tapestry of the state.
- Hope when it's time to help those with REAL needs that 'private sector' will bring out N1.5bn?