Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt and Anayo Okolie
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, Saturday stated that he resolved to construct the Eliozu-Rumunduru-Elimgbu (Oro-Igwe) road to put an end to the false political promises being made by failed politicians to deceive the people.
The governor said he had to silence those who play politics with road construction by denying communities political projects on account of their political persuasion.
The Oro-Igwe road was completely impassable at the time Wike awarded its construction to Chinese Construction giants, CCECC.
In appreciation, the Oroigwe people conferred the chieftaincy title of Omenma Eli 1 of Oroigwe 1 on the Rivers State governor. The traditional council said Wike is the first governor to remember the town.
Wike said, “We had to construct the Oroigwe road to end the era of lies and deception perpetrated by politicians over the years, using the name of this road. Finally, the people of Oro-Igwe will have unhindered access to their homes and businesses.”
At the Rukpokwu-Eneka road, Wike said the road had to be reconstructed because of its economic importance.
In his remarks while inaugurating the road, former Rivers State Governor, Sir Celestine Omehia, described Wike as a child of destiny who has come to transform the state.
Wike renamed Nelson Mandela (SARS) Road as Sir Celestine Ngozichim Omehia Road while he stated that the Rumuaholu Road, which he inaugurated would stimulate economic growth in the area.
Wike was accompanied to the ceremonies by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose; former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Austin Opara; former Minister of Transport, Dr. Abiye Sekibo; Members of the National and State Assemblies.
The governor, in company of his guest, Governor Fayose of Ekiti State also inaugurated 42 roads in the densely populated Diobu suburb.
Wike declared the Operation Zero Potholes programme of his administration a huge success as it has restored 42 roads in the Diobu suburb of the state. He said the state government expended N4.3 billion to reconstruct 42 roads totalling 22.5 kilometres in the densely -populated Diobu axis.
He said the roads have impacted positively on the lives of the people of Diobu where majority of the less-privileged Rivers residents live. He commended the contractor for executing the project on schedule and within the approved budget.
Fayose stated that the people of Rivers State were reaping the fruits of their support for Wike. He urged the people never to allow political aliens who are only interested in stealing the resources of the state back to the seat of government.