Proposed alternative to waterfront demolition in Port Harcourt
This blueprint is for proposed alternative to waterfront demolition and presented by Abonnema Wharf Community House Owners Association consequent to the state government’s plan to demolish all waterfronts in Port Harcourt for development.
The proposal is prepared based on contemporary national and global policies and legislations and represents the popular opinion of the entire residents of Abonnema Wharf.
The blueprint is presented in three segments namely Parts A, B and C. The first part of the blueprint, which highlights the origin of waterfronts in Port Harcourt, acknowledged Rivers State in terms of the vast economic resources bestowed upon it by nature. It describes how these resources have resulted in the rapid urbanization of the capital city without the accompanying social infrastructure such as shelter and employment, and the extent to which this deficiency has expanded the poverty level and manifested in slums.
The second and the third parts of the blueprint, which sets out the feasible alternatives to slums upgrading, condemns demolition method and sets out contemporary approaches namely Participatory development, poverty eradication and rural urbanization Approach. It made references to several authorities setting out these approaches.
by Abonnema Wharf Community House Owners Association