The Head of Department (HOD) of Architecture, Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic, Rumuola , Port Harcourt, Ipalibo West has rated the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike high in architectural development of the state.
Speaking in an interview with The Tide recently in Port Harcourt, West said Governor Wike has within three years in office taken the state to an impressive new level in terms of construction of high rise buildings in the state, particularly Port Harcourt city and its metropolis.
The HOD who is also the Financial Secretary , Nigerian Institute of Architeture (NIA), Rivers State Chapter, expressed regret that since it’s creation in1967,the state has been bedeviled with one-city syndrome, making Port Harcourt one of the most congested cities in the country.
He mentioned the Produce House, which he noted to have been remolded to an international standard, National Industrial Court, Court of Appeal, NBA House, Doctors Quarters, Traditional Rulers Secretariat Complex, and Cultural Center, renamed after the late music maestro, Rex Lawson, as edifices redefining new PortHarcourt city.
He said, ” the Trans Amadi Road has transformed to such a standard that anybody can beat his chest and say yes Governor Wike has done wonderful work.
” Why I am really impressed by Governor Wike is that he did not only embark on projects, but he has embarked on projects that touched on the lives of the citizenry.
“Port Harcourt Pleasure Park is of international standard. The city was hitherto lacking a standard place for relaxation, but today, the park is something you can say the Governor has done well in terms of architectural development ” , he said.
West further lauded the Governor for the transformation in most state-owned institutions.
“If you go to Rivers State University (RSU), there are a lot of massive infrastructural development. Buildings housing most faculties that were in shambles. But today, he has built what is befitting to faculties.
“The same goes with Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Bori Poly and other state-owned institutions “,
The Chartered Architect said, Wike ‘s developmental strides reminds him of the days of the first Military Governor, Alfred Diete-Spiff, who built such high rise structures as the Point Block, Podium Block and others, which have stood the taste of time.
He stated that if subsequent administrations had worked like Diete-Spiff and the present government, Rivers State would have had more high rise buildings, more flyover Bridges and more standard roads.
He commended Governor Wike for the great impact of his administration and urged him not to relent.