The Rivers State governor claimed that he has no idea what they mean when they say Obio-Akpor has 7 flyovers. adding that all he knows is that his administration must construct flyovers where they are required in order to relieve congestion throughout the state.
This was said by Governor Wike on Wednesday during the Mgbuoba/Ozuoba Ada-George Junction Flyover’s inauguration in the state’s Obio-Akpor Local Government Area, which was carried out by Governor of Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom.
Wike seemingly corrected George Ariolu, the chairman of the Obio-Akpor Local Government, who had claimed that seven of the 12 flyovers constructed by his administration are located in his council in his welcome speech.
The governor disputed that notion and made it clear that his administration built flyovers to relieve traffic congestion caused by Port Harcourt’s expanding population, improve vehicular traffic flow, and stimulate the state economy.
“Rivers State government built flyovers. I don’t know what you mean by saying that Obio-Akpor has 7 flyovers. All I know is that, in order to decongest the state we need to build flyover where it is necessary.” – he said.
Wike added that;
“So, we didn’t share flyovers according to local government. It is because Obio Akpor Local government, is being part of the city of Port Harcourt. Of course, you know Obio Akpor Local Government is over populated than any other local government. So, you expect that we have to decongest the entire area.”
The governor reaffirmed his commitment to finishing every project that his government has begun, but if any are left unfinished, the governor-elect will make the same commitment.
“I thank you for giving us the support. As I said before, we will do everything humanly possible to complete every project that we have started. If we do not, the governor-elect, who is part of the administration, will of course complete all of them.” – he said.
The governor stressed that;
“In fact, I was telling the governor-elect that his 100 days in office, he will have more than enough projects for him to commission. That is why we prayed for consolidation and continuity. Assuming you did not support the governor- elect, what would have happened if another governor from another party had emerged. I thank God that you didn’t listen to them.”
According to Wike, the people of Rivers State will continue to gain from infrastructural development since they did not jeopardize their support for Sir Siminalayi Fubara, the governor-elect.
The governor revealed that the current execution of the development program would probably have come to a standstill if they had backed a different candidate from a different political party.
He applauded the residents for putting up with the inconveniences caused by the project’s construction as well as Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, the construction company, for adhering to the agreed time.