Tony Ita-Etim, Port Harcourt
Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has lauded Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for bringing back faith of people of the state in government through superlative project delivery.
He spoke in Port Harcourt Friday in continuation of Governor Wike’s first year in office activities, which included the commissioning of Rumueprikom-Rumuolumeni road leading to key economic outlets, the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education and Naval Warship NNS Pathfinder.
The Deputy Senate President declared that contrary to false reports being circulated by the media, Rivers State is peaceful, with Wike delivering on projects and transforming the state.
“I can see people working together. I can see a state government in action. I can see a governor committed to the transformation of the state and a governor determined to use the opportunity given to him by the people of the state to the benefit of the people.
“I am happy to see that the governor has brought faith to government when people are losing faith in government”, he said.
He urged the people to always support Wike to deliver on quality projects and programmes for the development of the state.
The Deputy Senate President also commissioned the Elioparanwo Road in Ward 9 of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area. Both roads were awarded by the immediate past administration, but abandoned at less than 40 percent completion.
He also flagged off the construction of the Tam-David West Boulevard (Obiri-Ikwerre road), an alternative route to the Port Harcourt International Airport in Omagwa.
Governor Wike explained that the Rumueprikom-Rumuolumeni remains critical to the economy of the state because of the presence of several international companies along the route.
He said: “This road is critical to the growth of the state’s economy. We have several companies on this road and it cuts across a densely populated community.
“This road also leads to the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education and the Naval Warship NNS Pathfinder. Therefore, we were under obligation to fulfil our promise to the people and also take actions to expand the economy of the state”.
Commenting at the commissioning of the Elioparanwo Road, Governor Wike said that the road is relevant to one of the most populous communities in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area which determines the direction of election results.
The governor stated that the decision to construct the Obiri-Ikwerre road was taken during a Holy Ghost Rally of Redeemed Christian Church of God in Port Harcourt.
He said that the road will engender economic growth in Obio/Akpor and Ikwerre Local Government Areas communities along the route, pointing out that the road will be completed in nine to ten months.
The governor urged the people to support the contractor to deliver the project without molestation.
Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Mr. Bathuel Iheanyichukwu stated that the two road projects were abandoned, but completed in record time by the Governor Wike administration.