Stakeholders across the
divide have expressed excitement over the numerous world-class road infrastructure development projects embarked upon by the Rivers State Government in the 23 local government areas of the state within the last one year.
Speaking in an interview with The Tide shortly after flagging-off construction work on the dualisation of the Saakpenwa-Bori Road, President, Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), Legborsi Pyiagbara, said that the commencement of the construction work on the road would not only assuage the feeling of marginalization of Ogoni people, but will reassure them that the Wike administration will not abandon any of the promises made to the people during the electioneering campaign period.
The MOSOP president said that the road project would no doubt create thousands of direct and indirect new job opportunities for Ogoni people, and charged them to take advantage of the construction work to better their livelihoods by actively supporting the two tiers of government to deliver genuine dividends of democracy to the people.
Also speaking, Chairman of Ogoni Supreme Council of Traditional Rulers, and former Chairman of the State Traditional Rulers Council, Gbenemene Tai, HRM Godwin Giniwa, described the project as a welcome development as it will alleviate the suffering of the people, and challenged the contractor handling the project to ensure completion of the road in record time, and within design specifications.
Similarly, Caretaker Chairman of Tai Local Government Area, Hon. Belekalo Sua lauded the vision of the Wike administration for initiating the project, noting that, “It will improve the economy of the area from Ogoni to Andoni and Opobo/Nkoro people.”
In his remarks, the state Commissioner for Works, Bathuel Iheanyichukwu Harrison, explained that the Saakpenwa-Bori-Kono road stretches 16.077kilometres in length and 7.3metres width on both sides, with median of 2.0metres, and would become the first-ever dual carriage way connecting three Ogoni local government areas of Tai, Gokana and Khana to other local government areas of the state.
The commissioner said that the project would boost business and social activities in that critical part of the state, and assured that the Wike-led government would leave no stone unturned to complete the road with the agreed timeframe, and tasked the contractor, China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) to comply strictly with all terms of the contract, and deliver the project to serve the people for which it is meant for.
Earlier, the works commissioner had given details of some other road projects undertaken by the Wike administration, especially in Port Harcourt City and Obio/Akpor local government areas, and added that the premium placed on construction of roads was to fast-track the development process in the state.
Iheanyichukwu listed road projects to include the 14-kilometre Rumuokurusi-Eneka-Igwuruta Dual Carriage Road connecting Port Harcourt-Aba Expressway. and East-West Road in Obio/Akpor to Airport Road through Igwuruta, in Ikwerre Local Government Area.
The works commissioner further listed other roads to include the 6–kilometre Rumueprikom-Rumuolumeni Road, the 3.5-kilometre Elioparanwo Road, the 12-kilometre Tam David West Boulevard, and Mogho/Bodo Road.
The rest are the Eliozu-Rumunduru-Elimgbu (Oro-Igwe) Road, Rukpokwu-Eneka Road, the former SARS (Nelson Mandela) Road at Rukpokwu, now renamed Sir Celestine Omehia Road, Rumuagholu Road, as well as Azikiwe and Bishop Okoye streets.
Council Boss Calls For Unity Among Okrika Indigenes
The Chairman of Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon Akuro Tobin, has enjoined the people of the local government area to work in unity among every community and interest group in order to advance the development of the area
Akuro stated this when he organized a special luncheon to host traditional leaders, elected representatives, and other stakeholders of Okrika extraction held at the council premises over the weekend
The council boss spoke on the need for peaceful coexistence amongst the people and the need for all hands to be on deck in order to maintain the existing peace and security being enjoyed by all in the area, adding that no community can develop without peace and security.
He assured the people that his administration would collaborate with everyone to bring the desired development in the area, saying that his administration would embark on people-oriented projects that will impact positively and improve the well-being of the people
Akuro used the opportunity to call on the people to support his administration, adding that he will always interface with the people at all times and thanked the traditional institution for their efforts in maintaining absolute peace and tranquility across communities in the local government area.
In their remarks, Hon. Bright Gogo, a member of the federal House of Representatives and Alfred Abam assured the council boss of their readiness to give him the much-needed support and cooperation to enable him to move the council to greater heights.
Those who attended include the Amanyanabo of Okrika, King Alfred Seminitari Abam, Amanyanabo of Ogoloma, King E.T. I Obudibo, Amanyanabo of Kirike Town, King Air Commodore T. E. O Ogube (rtd), Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom, King Ateke Michael Tom.
Others include the member representing Okrika/Ogu Bolo Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Hon Bright Gogo, the member representing Okrika State Constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Linda Somiari-Stewart and the former Minister of Transport, Chief Abiye Precious Sekibo.
By: Michael T. Abraham
Wike Commissions 350 Shop-Ultra-Modern Market In Etche
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike at the weekend commissioned an ultra-modern market with 350 shops at Ulakwo in Etche Local Government Area.
The market is one of the projects of the council chairman, Dr Obinna Anyanwu.
Wike, represented by the state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Desmond Akawor, said the project will improve the economy of the area.
He also said the execution of the project was indication that the council chairman was following in the footsteps of Governor Wike.
While stressing that Etche Local Government Area was a major beneficiary of the present administration, warned the people of Etche against being misled by members of the opposition.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Urban Development and Physical Planning, Mr Austin Ben Chioma said the people of Etche are happy with the development programmes, of the council chairman.
Chioma, however, urged the chairman to replicate the project in other parts of Etche.
Also speaking, a former Commissioner in Rivers State, Chief Alwell Onyesoh said the project will have direct bearing on the economy of the area.
According to him, the project is significant as it will help farmers in the area with a place to sell their goods.
Earlier, the council chairman, Dr Obinna Anyanwu said the project was to provide a place for the people who are predominantly farmers to sell their produce.
He said the market before now was as a shanty but that his administration had turned it into an edifice that people can see.
By: John Bibor
NULGE Hails Steps To Instil Discipline In Emohua Council
The National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Rivers State says the union is in support of the policy of the current administration of Emohua Local Government Council to instil discipline among workers.
The State President of NULGE, Comrade Clifford Paul who made the statement when the leadership of NULGE visited the Emohua Local Government Chairman, Dr Chidi Lloyd at the council secretariat last Thursday said they were at Emohua council secretariat to rub minds and see areas they could work together for the interest of workers and government.
Paul said the policy to sanitize the system and instil discipline among workers was a genuine intention to correct the irregularities in the nominal roll of the council staff.
The union boss commended the council chairman for using his wealth of experience in handling the issue of workers salaries in the local government area.
He pleaded with the council chairman to facilitate the payment of primary healthcare workers in the local government area who are yet to receive their salaries.
The council chairman, Dr.Chidi Lloyd further reassured the union that the legitimate council workers and the staff of primary healthcare who have not received their salaries are going to receive theirs before the end of the week.
Lloyd noted that the council was paying salaries to those who do not go to work, stating that the policy was aimed at instilling discipline amongst workers.
By: Ike Wigodo
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