The Executive Director, Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, has resigned as Chairman of the board of the Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority after successfully steering the activities of the organisation, which was established in 2009.
The GPHCDA was established with a mandate to transform the Greater Port Harcourt Area into a world class city, internationally recognized for excellence and the preferred destination for investors and tourists.
The Cole-led board coordinated the unfolding transformation of the Greater Port Harcourt city through the implementation and enforcement of policies that are driving the provision of first-rate infrastructure and the delivery of quality services to the people of Rivers State.
Cole, a frontline entrepreneur, said his time with the Authority lends credence to the fact that “Nigeria remains one of the foremost emerging frontiers for fast paced economic growth and development. All we need to do is harness our potentials and creatively apply our resources. We have started something unique with the Greater Port Harcourt City project and I am confident that the project will transform and open Rivers State up for more investments whose impact will outlive generations.”
According to Cole, the success of his tenure as chair of the board was enabled by the support of the State Executive Council, his colleagues on the board, staff of the authority, the organized private sector, as well as the people of Rivers State.
He added: “I want to express my gratitude to the state government and the people for the opportunity to serve and contribute to this great project. I would also like to commend the Rivers State Government for coming up with this laudable platform and wish the new Chairman, the board and staff of the authority many more successes ahead.”