Outgoing Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said that his successor and Governor-elect, Sir Siminalayi Fubara will continue with his legacy of bringing infrastructural development to the people of the State in line with the continuity policy of the administration.
Speaking at the commissioning of the Mgbuoba/Ozuoba and Ada George Road Flyover in Obio/Akpor in Rivers State Wednesday, Wike said, the support enjoyed by his Party and administration at the just concluded governorship elections, underscored the need.
Wike explained that his administration considered the decongestion of the capital city comprising Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpor before deciding on locations of flyovers. He said: “Rivers State government built flyovers on the consideration of practical utility. I do not know what you (critics) mean by saying that Obio-Akpor has seven flyovers. All I know is that, in order to decongest the state and make motoring experience easier for the people, we decided to build flyovers where it is necessary to do so. “We therefore did not share or construct flyovers according to any sentiment of allocation by local government areas. It is because Obio Akpor Local government is part of the city of Port Harcourt. Of course, you know Obio Akpor Local Government is comparatively overpopulated than any other local government. So, you expect that it is a reasonable decision for us to decongest the entire area in order to make life easier for the motoring and, indeed, the general public.”
Wike noted that with the Mgbuoba/Ozuoba Ada-George Junction Flyover completed, the usual traffic logjam associated with the area had become a thing of the past. He commended the residents of the area for enduring the inconveniences they experienced while the work on the project lasted, and the construction company for keeping to the agreed schedule. Governor Wike further said the people and residents of Rivers State would continue to benefit from the ongoing development of infrastructure because they did not compromise their support for the Governor-elect, Sir Siminalayi Fubara.
Speaking while commissioning the project, the Special Guest of honour at the ceremony and Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom described Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State as the first and best in infrastructure development even as he commended the transformation Wike’s administration has brought to bear on the landscape of Port Harcourt in terms of delivery of durable infrastructure. He described Wike as a bridge builder and a worthy example, who has made democratic governance more meaningful.
In his remarks, Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Engr. Dr. Lars Richter thanked the Government and people of Rivers State adding that, “…we are always ready to partner with the Rivers State Government as you build more infrastructures across the state.”
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