The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike on Wednesday invited his Lagos State colleague, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to inaugurate projects in the state.
The Peoples Democratic Party Governor invited his counterpart to inaugurate the Orochiri-Worukwo (Waterline Junction) flyover in Port Harcourt, the state capital. Governor Wike revealed this while inspecting some ongoing projects in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt local government areas of the state. According to the Rivers State Governor, the inauguration of newly completed projects in the state would commence on August 8 and last for two weeks. Wike further stated that a former Governor of Sokoto State, Aliyu Wamako would also inaugurate the Ogbum-Nu-Abali Eastern Bypass road. He called on the people of Rivers State to appreciate God for the achievement of his administration. Wike said, “And I think you can’t hear anything happening in most of the States. But for us, we will end our services to the people on the 29th of May, 2023. “Like I said no project will be left abandoned and that is why we have taken priority to make sure that the finances are there to back up these projects. If we don’t have the money, there is no need of awarding contracts.” The Rivers State Governor while giving the reason for inspecting the project said, “One of the reasons why we came was to see the impact of the roads and the flyovers. Of course, when the valuers brought the compensation report, we felt that it was too huge. So, we decided to go and see things for ourselves. “But when we got there, we understood that a lot of buildings will be impacted and that requires us to compensate the owners of those houses heavily. But it is worth it to give Port Harcourt the facelift required and to transform the landscape of the area.” Wike added that despite the cost implication of carrying out the projects, his administration has paid 80 per cent for the road dualisation to the contractor. He said: “We have been able to fulfil our part to Julius Berger Nigeria PLC. This place now (Illoabuchi Road), we have paid eighty per cent for the dualization of Azikiwe Street/Ilaobuchi Road as of yesterday. “By Monday, we want to start paying for the compensation to owners of the buildings so that Julius Berger can start demolishing the affected structures.” He called on the people in the affected areas to endure till the projects are completed.
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