Wike Set To Reconstruct Afam-Oyigbo Road …Carpets Military Over Security Aides To Politicians

Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (left) in a handshake with former Vice President Namadi Sambo, during a courtesy visit to the Acting President in Presidential Villa, Abuja, recently.

The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has promised to reconstruct the dilapidated Oyigbo Market Road linking Afam and adjoining communities in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State.
He made the promise, last Wednesday, when he flagged-off the reconstruction of Old Port Harcourt/Aba Road (Mbano) Camp in Oyigbo Local Government Area.
The governor said he shares the plight of the people in the area, assuring that, “the money owned by Rivers State must be used for Rivers people.”
Wike assured Oyigbo people that he will not abandon them due to the support they gave to him, but enjoined them to shun non-performing politicians and parties that failed to fulfill their electoral promises.
Calling on the people to support the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), the governor said it was the only party that can deliver on its promises.
On the construction of Old Aba Road by Mbano Junction in Oyigbo Local Government Area, the governor assured the people that the road will be completed on schedule.
He added that the Old Market Road to Afam in Oyigbo Local Government Area will be awarded and constructed by his administration.
Wike stated that since the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government has refused to complete the East-West Road, his administration will continue to develop alternative routes to lubricate the Rivers economy.
He said that his performance has silenced the APC, urging the people of the state to turn out enmasse for the voter registration exercise, so that they can vote out failed politicians.
In his remarks, Works Commissioner, Mr Iheanyichuwu Bathuel, said that Old Aba Road by Mbano junction was a critical economic road that connects neighbouring states.
Also speaking, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Oyigbo Local Government Area, Dr. Gbali Chisom, lauded Wike for commencing the construction of the road.
Highpoint of the road flag-off was the presentation of gifts to the Rivers State governor by the political leader of Oyigbo, Ambassador Desmond Akawor.
Meanwhile, Wike has urged the Army High Command to desist from posting battalions of soldiers to politicians, saying it was counter-productive and a threat to national security.
The governor advised the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, to go beyond complaining that politicians are hobnobbing with soldiers, and take action to check the disturbing trend.
Speaking during the flag-off of the construction of the Old Aba Road by Mbano Junction in Oyigbo Local Government Area, last Wednesday, Wike said all over the world, only the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces has soldiers guarding him.
He regretted that in Nigeria, the authorities have made it a practice to allocate soldiers to politicians in the good books of the Federal Government, with such soldiers used for undemocratic actions against the people.
He said: “Who are those approving battalions of soldiers to politicians? If they don’t want soldiers to follow politicians, they should stop giving soldiers to politicians.
“It is only in Nigeria that soldiers follow politicians. They should stop soldiers from being security details to politicians. Somebody comes home and they will give him battalions of soldiers, and they say soldiers should not hobnob with politicians,” Wike said.