What Traders, Motorists, Others Say

The Inspector General of police, Solomon Arase (middle), commissioning patrol vans donated by Governor Wike in Port Harcourt.  Inset: The patrol vans
The Inspector General of police, Solomon Arase (middle), commissioning patrol vans donated by Governor Wike in Port Harcourt. Inset: The patrol vans

Traders and road us
ers around Port Harcourt Park Flyover on Ikwerre road in Rivers State on Friday bust into what can be described as uncontrollable jubilation as Governor Nyesom Wike and his entourage stormed the area to inspect the level of the operation zero pot-holes so far done by his administration.
The people, who sang different tunes described Governor Wike as “Moses of our time,” political messiah commended him for giving the aspect area of the park a facelift.
A trader, Mr Dickson Emeka said, with the level of work so far done, the area has already been ridden of criminals, saying that before now, criminal element used the area as hideout.
Another trader, Mrs Pelinnah Innocent, who deals on foods, said the facelift in the area would not only drive away criminals, but also lessen police’s job in trailing criminals in the area as the roads are smooth and interconnected.
She also said, that the good looking of the area would boost economy and provide employment for teeming youths, as touts and criminals would have no hidout to intimidate traders and passengers as well as motorists operating businesses in the area.
A staff of Rivers State Newspaper Corporation (RSNC), Mr Monday Gold commended the Governor, for giving the area a facelift for the corporate complex.
He said, the transformation of the area to an ultra-moden roundabout had added more value to The Tide Newspaper office, saying that, the area now would not be idle to locate by the clients of the newspaper office.
However, Governor Wike, who was accompanied by the state-chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bro Felix Obuah, the Secretary to the State Government, Kenneth Kobanni among other government functionaries exuded happiness, as they  waved back to mammoth crowd hailing the Governor’s achievements.
Residents and commercial operators in the area suggested that the state government should use the good opportunity to build lock-up shops and public toilets in the area to reduce street trading and the public messing up the area with urine and feaces.
The people who made their opinions known, on Saturday suggested that the area should be used as a park and to set up a taskforce to manage it properly.
Mr Timothy Effiong said, with proper management; the area can serve as revenue to the state government.
According to him, the area should be divided according to the various motorists plying across the stae, and within the state.
George Eze, publisher and a business executive; said Wike has achieved a lot in terms of inftrastructural development in the state within the first 100days in office.  He indicated that the Governor has given a facelift to Diobu, Elelenwo, Town, Iwofe among areas in terms of road rehabilitation. He said his approach to development is very encouraging and urged him to continue in this pace and look into the area of youth employment and educational development in the state. “He should bring out policies that will engage our youths profitbably,” he said. Hon Chike Okechukwu, a politician said the governor’s embarkation of operation zero pothole in Port Harcourt, within the first 100days was not a replication of the policy of the previous administration. “We expect the governor to channel his attention to other critical areas of development especially youth empowerment and development of the rural area. He should also engage the services of the state Ministry of Works actively in his project execution rather than depending exclusively on so called expatriates,” he said. “He should update the original development master plan of Rivers State and use it to develop all parts of the state to decongest Port Harcourt.”
Iyalla Deinabo, businessman said the governor has made an impressive impact in the state in terms of development in the first 100days in office. He noted that the restructuring of the roads is quite interesting as the governor appears to be in a haste to develop the state. His achievement in the education sector is also commendable,” he opined. He has restructured the Rivers State University of Science and Technology Law Faculty and also renovated some dilapidated public schools. I score him above average,” he declared.
President General of Christian Mothers of Ogoni, Chief (Mrs) Sarah Ntorwe said “let’s keep politics aside. Wike is trying. He has shown that, he is prepared to serve Rivers people.
My greatest  happiness is that he keeps to his promises to complete all abandoned projects by previous administration without counting on the misunderstanding between him and the immediate past Governor, Amaechi.
She said the governor really surprised Rivers people going by the level of projects so far done within the 100days in office, I think I will give him above average.”
A business man, Okikere A. Okop said Governor Wike has justified the money so far collected in three months including the N30 billion loan compared to the level of work going on in the state.
Honestly am not a politician, but it is good to call a spade, a spade Wike is really doing work, look at Diobu area to Mile I Park, Is it the Law Complex in UST? What about salary arrears and the oversea scholarship fees among others?
Wike needs to be supported to do more, let’s keep politics aside.
A body, Ethics and Conduct Group of Rivers State Chairman, Mr Bipelle Omoron said Wike is trying.


Enoch Epelle & Taneh Beemene