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Rivers Elders Commend Governor Wike For Consistent Delivery Of Critical Projects

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As the Wike administration in Rivers State gears up to mark successful first year of its second tenure on the 29th of May 2020, some elder statesmen have expressed delight over the unfettered leadership Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has continued to offer the state amidst Covid-19 pandemic.

The elder statemen recounted how the broken walls of development and brotherliness were mended in his first tenure with  sectorial performances and services provided by strategic institutions of government have remained efficient under his leadership into his second tenure without any lapse.

 

Chairman of Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority, Chief Ferdinand Alabaraba said everybody within the state can attest to the fact that construction of critical road projects and the three flyovers bridges have continued despite the covid-19 pandemic.

He said,  such commitment to delivery of projects to Rivers people combined with the tackling of the Covid-19 pandemic is matched because governor Wike provided palliatives to people in all local government areas to cushion the hardship they experience.

 

“He has taken all necessary steps to ensure that the disease does not spread and also to ensure that the people are protected. People have criticised him but we know that he is doing the correct thing we all support him. He has not only done that,  he’s also not left out his people,  giving palliatives to all LGAs of the state.  It is a matter of joy that the governor has at all times,  worked for the interest of the people and has the support of the people in all he does.”

Speaking on project execution in AkukuToru, chief Alabaraba said the ongoing construction of the ring road in Abonnema town is almost ready and likely to be commissioned in the next few weeks and it will enhance the economy activities of the people.

 

The elder statesman commended the governor for the cash compensation given to Abonnema Town people that suffered from the Military invasion during the 2019 presidential election, saying it is a demonstration of love and care of a leader to his people.

Senior advocate of Nigeria, Chief Onueze Okocha who sued for patience, understanding and cooperation from all Rivers people who desire good governance that governor Wike has continued to provide, urged them to remember the inglorious past when the state was on its knees from where the governor took it up to chart a new course.

He said the courts are working now,  like all arms of government, with  construction of projects unabated.

 

According to him, he had boldly confronted covid-19 pandemic to mitigate alarming health crisis in the state.

“Unfortunately,  but happily only four LGAs of Rivers State have reported incidence of persons having covid-19.  The measures,  he has put in place, I believe to a large extent,  helped us to contain the spread of the virus. There has been lockdown which some people found very unpalatable.  Of course,  when you have a serious ailment you must find a serious medicine to deal with it, which is why I keep speaking to the people of Rivers state to exercise patience with the governor to show understanding especially because we are seeing the result. ”

 

The senior advocate berated the security agencies for sabotaging movement restriction but noted that beyond such betrayal,  Rivers people can celebrate another successful year of the Wike administration.

“I believe that we are here to celebrate even in this very troubling times and doff our hats for the man who we elected to govern Rivers State.  His first year in the second tenure has been successful and I hope and pray that the succeeding years that he has in office from now up till the 29th Of may 2023 will also be happy years for which we will celebrate and thank God that at this point in time a man called Nyesom Ezenwo Wike was our governor.”

 

On his part,  Chief Emmanuel Anyanwu recalled how Governor Wike reconnected Etche local government area by road to Port Harcourt with the construction of  Chokocho – Rumuokwurushi Road
And Chokocho-Ozuzu Road that were impassable.

According to him,  the Odofor-Akporka-Umuoye Road that is under construction is expected to be completed before the end of the second tenure of the governor.

He noted that Etche people like every other local government area in the state are indebted to governor Wike for the inclusiveness they have enjoyed in his administration, declaring that governor Wike has been bold speaking in defence of the state and its people regularly.

 

“We believe in him and are happy with his success in office. The entire elders and the state are behind him,  Let people say if he had not managed infrastructural development very well, including humans beings. Governor Wike is in touch with his people as a grass root leader.  Without him,  there would not be PDP in Nigeria.  He has supported people in leadership to succeed in all areas he had served.”

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Flyover Bridges Will Be Ready Before Scheduled Deadline – Rivers State Governor, Wike

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Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on inspection tour of flyover bridges.

Rivers state governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says the three flyover bridges under construction in Port Harcourt the state capital will be completed one month ahead of the initial deadline of February 2021.

The new development is coming after  Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, the Construction firm handling the projects assured of delivering the Rebisi flyover (Garrision Junction) by October 2020.

Speaking to journalists after inspecting the flyover bridges, on Thursday, Governor Wike said his administration is mindful to every  promises made to Rivers people.

Such promises have included delivering critical infrastructure that will improve the economic status of the state and the life of the people.

“If you look at the Rebisi Flyover at Garrison junction, you’ll see that they are working hard to finish with the concrete super structure by October so that motorists can ply the bridge. That’s what I’ve always said, when you give work to good contractors,  you will be comfortable that those jobs will be delivered.

“From what I have seen, ahead of their schedule  of the work, it is important to know that Julius Berger is committed to make sure they handover the projects even before the time scheduled,” he said.

Commenting on the Rumuola flyover that is billed for expansion,  Governor Wike said the chaotic traffic situation experienced there will be addressed with the planned expansion.

“Rumuola flyover was built under the military government. When there is maintenance work to do or a vehicle breaks down, it causes a lot of traffic jam, so the need to expand the flyover became necessary.

“The contract papers have been signed  and I believe they are preparing to go to site within the next few days.

“Generally,  we are happy to achieve such feat within the shortest possible time and with the of quality job done. We want the people to be confident that we will not take their mandate for granted and they will not regret reelecting us,” he added.

Regional Manager, Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, Mr. Juergen Fischer said they have increased the pace of   work at their sites and with the concrete super structure laid, the Rebisi flyover will be delivered at the end of October 2020.

He explained that while the Rumuogba Flyover will completed one month later, the Rumuola flyover will be expanded to allow for service lanes,  a new roundabout,  and installed traffic light.

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We Shall Revamp Famous Secondary Schools In The State Says Rivers State Governor, Wike

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Government Wike inspecting the progress of rehabilitation work at the Government Comprehensive Secondary School and the Enitonia High School located in Borikiri Town Port Harcourt

Rivers state governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has reiterated commitment to upgrading facilities in schools that have contributed in moulding prominent personalities and made the state famous, educationally.

Governor Wike gave the assurance after inspecting the progress of rehabilitation work at the Government Comprehensive Secondary School and the Enitonia High School located in Borikiri Town in the Port Harcourt local government area of the state.

The governor expressed sadness over wastage of funds by  the previous administration in building new schools far away from where large number of people reside and abandoned structures of the old school.

He said if proper attention had been  given to schools, which are located within densely populate areas they would have continued to produce renowned personalities as in the past to the benefit of the state.

“I feel so sad that these schools are in such bad state. They are schools that have made the state pride. I don’t know why government will believe and continue to build new schools instead of putting the old schools in a position where they can be very conducive for students.

“You know those who have made names in the Port Harcourt; some of them attended these old schools. I have promised that we will do all we can to bring back the schools to what they used to be.

I’ve rescheduled another meeting with the old students of the Government Comprehensive Secondary School, led by their chairman, Noble Abbey, to see what other things we will add  to the would have continued to produce renowned personalities as in the past to the benefit of the state.

“I feel so sad that these schools are in such bad state. They are schools that have made the state pride. I don’t know why government will believe and continue to build new schools instead of putting the old schools in a position where they can be very conducive for students.

“You know those who have made names in the Port Harcourt; some of them attended these old schools. I have promised that we will do all we can to bring back the schools to what they used to be.

I’ve rescheduled another meeting with the old students of the Government Comprehensive Secondary School, led by their chairman, Noble Abbey, to see what other things we will add  to the ongoing rehabilitation but the landscaping is a top priority to us, “he said.

“I won’t allow the schools to die.  We must continue to retain the name.  We will also look at the schools that  missionaries have taken over like the Okrika Grammar Schools. We will invite the missionaries to discuss the modalities,” he added.

The governor also inspected extent of work done at the Real Madrid Football Academy located at Elekahia Town and said no excuse will be accepted from the contractor from handing over the project in August.

He said the academy must commence formal training in sports  and academic activities in September when the new academic session begins.

Governor Wike commended the contractor for the pace of work  that has reach the plastering stage of the administrative, classrooms and hostel blocks.

 

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Rivers State Governor, Wike Attributes Success Of Urban Renewal To Financial Prudence

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Inspection of ongoing projects in rivers state by His Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike con GSSRS POS African Governor of Rivers state on the 30th of June 2020.

Rivers state Governor,  Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says his urban renewal programme in the  state is successful because of financial prudence by his administration

The governor also said 10 hectares dredged land located opposite the NLNG head office will be developed to further enhance the aesthetics of Port Harcourt city under the  urban renewal programme.

Speaking with journalists after the inspection of on-going shore protection work at the sandfilled land,  governor Wike said it is amazing to have recovered such land that once served as a hideout for criminals.

He said though a decision has not been taken on what activity to approve on the land,  Julius Berger construction company has been asked to start the provision of infrastructure that can serve for residential or commercial purposes.

 

“Everybody knows that the place used to be mangrove area that served as criminals hideout opposite the new NLNG head office, but we were able to reclaim it.

“The work men are doing a good job there, it is not less than 10 hectare of land, and it is a very lucrative site for everybody who wants to carry out productive activity. We are also happy that we are now doing the shore protection.

“We have asked Julius Berger to  go there for the provision infrastructure so that tomorrow if it is for residential,  mixed development or commercial, we know that the infrastructure is already provided,” he said.

Governor Wike who also inspected an abandoned six storey former Riv-Insurance building near the Isaac Boro Park flyover, said the property would be rehabilitated.

“We went to Aba Road to see a property that was abandoned for over twenty years. What we are doing now is to bring it back to what it is supposed to be.

“At the new GRA, we are making sure that the roads are completed as promised the people and they are handled by Julius Berger construction company. You can see that Port Harcourt has changed because of the various construction works.

“The urban renewal programme is a great success as far as we are concerned.  So many people are asking to know where we are getting the money when there is covid-19.  What’s important to us  is management. When once you know how to manage resources,  you will not have problems. We are also impressed with the reaction of the people,” he added.

The governor also said the last five years of his administration has been remarkably successful because of the help of God.

He recalled how the former governor of the state had mocked that there would not be money anywhere for him to pay salary and to provide infrastructure but he had surpassed it and the people are not disappointed too.

The governor also inspected the Elelenwon street and the Woji Road in the new GRA.

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