Monday, March 8, 2021 10:59 pm
Okafor Ofiebor/ Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the planned flagging of Railway Narrow Gauge from Rivers state to Maiduguri by the federal government deceitful.
Governor Wike urged the people to stop expecting politicians who do not have the capacity and commitment to fulfill promises they make or interested in driving development to communities of their supporters.
According to him, “Let them tell us what they had done for Rivers state. I hear they want to flag-off railway narrow gauge from here (Rivers state) to Maiduguri. Is that what we need?
“They want to do Bonny Deep Sea Port, for how many years now? Before the drawing will come out, has the government not gone. In their hearts, they know they’ll not do it. They only have this year, next year is political year. Tell them we cannot be deceived any longer.
Our Correspondent reports that immediate past Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Minister of Transportation is in Port Harcourt for the flag off Narrow Gauge from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri and also Bonny Deep Sea Port Projects tomorrow, Tuesday March 9.
Wike alleged that unlike APC federal government Wike explained that his development programme is implemented to create a conducive environment that offers Rivers people more opportunities to actualise their potentials.
Governor Wike made the explanation at the inauguration of the Rumuji -Ibaa-Obelle -Isiopko Road, which was performed by the former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, on Monday.
Governor Wike said the Rumuji -Ibaa-Obelle -Isiopko road has been used as political campaign by politicians who will promise to rehabilitate it if the people support them, but will fail to fulfil such promise when elections were over.
According to him, he was convinced of the appropriateness to open up the area when he promised to reconstruct the road if they supported him.
“I’m sure, all those from Isiokpo, Obele, Ibaa and Rumuji, will look back and reflect on how this road was. Do not forget it easily.
“Today, all of us can come back home. All of us can go to the market. We can all drive freely; those from Isiokpo can pass through and go to Emohua. Those from Rumuji and all of you can pass through and go to the Airport.
“This is what development is all about. Development is not about giving you money. It is all about making the environment conducive for economic activities to thrive.
“There is no way government can share money to everybody. But it has a duty to make the environment conducive for you to work and find food to eat.
“I’m sure, when this road was going on, most of you were employed and had made some money, and had supported members of your families. I am grateful to God for the grace of life and resources to execute this project.”
Inaugurating the road project, the former governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido expressed delight that development projects are not only executed in the Port Harcourt alone but in hinterland of Rivers State.
Lamido said leaders like Governor Wike have continued to demonstrate that it is only the PDP that loves the people, will do things to improve their well-being and work for a united Nigeria.
The former Jigawa State governor said the last five years of the APC led government has been characterized by division and insecurity.
He described the APC as an assemblage of persons drawn from default ACN, ANPP, and CPC and propelled by hate, moved by anger, envy and malice.
“When APC came on board, they had no programme, they had no plan, the only thing they had was to flush out PDP from government because we were performing, because we were organised, because we were committed, because we are compassionate and very humane.”
He explained that remodeling of the airports, rehabilitation of railway and reform of the power sector are all PDP initiatives and not that of the APC .
According to him: “They can’t think. They have no vision, they have no feeling, they have no compassion, they are there for the power and the power is there tormenting them, because the power was abused.”
Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Elloka Tasie-Amadi said the road links Emohua and Ikwerre
Local Government areas and provides the people the benefit of accessing Port Harcourt International Airport easily as well as transport their farm produces without hassle.
“This road has a chequered history with the Rumuji -Ibaa axis of the road of 5 metres wide was built by government while Isiopko -Obele axis was 3metres built be SPDC by in the days. The roads were both narrow, deplorable and impassable.
“Today, we have a reconstructed road that is 26.85km long, 10metres wide, 7.3 metres of that being the carriage way, and 3 metres being the shoulder.
“The road is of immerse benefit to people of the two local government areas. People going to the international airport from Emohua to those transporting produces, it has created access to farmland, and real estates as well.”