Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State and other urban centers have been in turmoil since
last Monday, as the state government kicked off another round of commissioning and launch projects across the state. The inauguration began with the unveiling of the Orochiri/Worukwo (Waterlines) flyover in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area by the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Similarly, Governor Nyesom Wike’s administration unveiled the Ogbunabali-Eastern Bypass Road, also in Port Harcourt. Former Sokoto State Governor Senator Aliyu Wamakko conducted the commissioning. On August 11, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Executive Director Brig-Gen. Mr. K Fadah, unveiled the 5,000-seat NYSC Auditorium, while the new State House of Assembly Quarters would be opened by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila today August 12.
Recall that last Wednesday, August 10, the former Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko announced the dualisation of the Azikiwe-Iloabuchi road at Diobu in the city of Port Harcourt. Between Aug. 16 and Aug. 26, another 10 projects would either be commissioned or inaugurated across the state. They include the Government VIP Lounge at Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, in the Ikwerre Local Government Area on August 16.
Others are the unveiling of the refurbished Waterlines Building on Port Harcourt/Aba Express Road by Waterlines Junction in Port Harcourt on Wednesday August 17; the flag of the construction of the 11th airlift on Ikwerre Road by Rumuokwuta/Rumuola Junction in the local government council of Obio/Akpor on Thursday August 18; and the inauguration of the 12th flyover on the Mgbuoba-Ozuoba/Ada-George route by Location Junction in Obio/Akpor Council on Friday, August 19.
Other landmark projects slated for special commissioning or flag are Omagwa internal roads construction on Saturday August 20, Igwuruta internal roads flag on Monday August 22, both in the local government area of Ikwerre, and the unveiling of land reclamation, shoreline protection, road network, drains, power plant and water reticulation, as well as a housing complex at Ogbum-Nu-Abali sand fill, Port Harcourt, Tuesday, August 23.
Others are the inauguration of a police station at Ogbum-Nu-Abali Sandfill Eastern Bypass on Wednesday August 24; Eneka to Obio/Akpor domestic routes on Thursday August 25; and Community Secondary School, Obuama (Harry’s Town), Degema Local Government Area on Friday 26 August.
Recall that last year Rivers State was captivated for about three weeks when distinguished Nigerian citizens joined Wike to commission or initiate projects in 11 local government areas of the state. They included Abonnema Ring Road in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, Bolo Internal Roads in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area, Isiodu Road in Emohua Local Government Area, Internal Roads from Isiokpo Phase 2 in Ikwerre Local Government Area and the Aluu-Rumuekini Road in Obio. / Akpor Local Government Area.
Others were the Mother and Child Hospital, the Real Madrid Academy, the 16.6 kilometer Saakpenwa/Bori dual carriageway in the Khana local government area, and the Sime-Nonwa-Kira road in the Tai local government area, among a host of other projects. Several others have also been ordered. This remarkable development, which is taking place at a time when most governors are using politics, insecurity, a declining economy and COVID-19 as excuses for non-performance, will go down as legendary.
All completed projects are milestones that support meaningful developments. They stand out and have continued to garner credit for the Wike administration from well-meaning Nigerians and in-states alike. The flyovers, in particular, add beauty to the Garden City and its surroundings, and their unveiling accentuates another dream realized by the government. They will end the long struggle with severe traffic jams at their sites.
Undoubtedly, the projects would restore activities in dormant localities. To say that the entire population of Rivers State is better off with these projects is to state the obvious because they would go a long way in promoting their socio-economic well-being. Indeed, walking through such splendid structures evokes euphoria and fulfillment in the subconscious of the people of Rivers.
Indeed, The Tide is pleased with the state governor’s unfettered initiative. We tell how the broken walls of development and fraternity were revamped during Wike’s first term with sector performance and services delivered by strategic government institutions remaining effective under his leadership in his second term without any relapse .
The various projects initiated and carried out by the Wike government in parts of Rivers would create jobs for a good number of young people in the state. The amount of civil construction work undertaken by the current administration in developing the state could be costly, but the overall benefits remain a driving force.
Anyone in the state can attest that the construction of strategic highway projects and flyovers has progressed despite Nigeria’s fiscal crisis. We ask for the understanding and cooperation of all the people of Rivers who desire the good governance provided by Wike, and urge them to remember the inglorious past when the state was on its knees from where the Governor took it for forge a new path.
Clearly, the government is leaving no stone unturned to improve Rivers State. To say that Wike is rapidly transforming the landscape of the state with its gigantic stages of development is to affirm the tangible. In a short time, the governor has swirled around the entire state in a massive construction site that, in every sense, substantial development projects are either underway or have been finalized.
We join all well-meaning people in Rivers and Nigeria, professional organizations and individuals in hailing and exalting the Governor in this auspicious celebration of commissioning and project launch. Projects on the ground so far point to an unprecedented transformation of the state, making it a preferred haven for investors. This gesture is proof of His Excellency’s determination to leave Rivers State better than he met.