By Simeon Nwakaudu
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has created a world class network of roads across Rivers State with the multiplier effect of improved economy, rapid social growth and de-congestion of traffic in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas.
The investments in world class roads and bridges have been handled by reputable International and renowned local contractors. Key roads have been dualised, while Governor Wike has initiated and completed over 150 roads across the state.
In four years, Governor Wike has executed the most outstanding roll-out of roads under the present dispensation. The governor’s integrated Strategic Road Development Programme (SRDP) has transformed the landscape of Rivers State.
( Highlight) Track Senator Godswill Akpabio, Former Akwa Ibom State Governor praise Gov while commissioning Omoku Road)
By investing about 70percent of the State Capital Expenditure on Road Development, Governor Wike has connected the entire state. Also, he has completed all major roads inherited from past administrations in the state
. improved road network in urban/residential neighbourhoods; and
· Expanded existing road network in the highly urbanized Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas.
▪Several key roads to different parts of the state have impacted the economy of semi-urban and rural communities. The administration has constructed internal roads across the state.
(i) Provision of Internal roads
1. Abonnema town (Completed)
2. AmadiAma community (Completed)
3. Elele Alimini community (Phases 1 and 2
Phase 1 completed)
4.Isiokpo town (Phases 1 & 2
Phase 1 completed)
5. Omoku town (Completed)
6. Okochiri community (Completed )
7. Ozuboko community (Completed)
8. Odiokwu Internal Roads (Ongoing)
▪Urban Neighbourhood Roads
Governor Wike renewed and improved the roads in several urban neighbourhoods in the State capital and revived the social and economic life of residents of these areas. The uplifted neighbourhoods include:
. Ogbu-nu-abali neighbourhood;
. Diobu Neighbourhood;
. Port Harcourt township/Borokiri Neighbourhood
. Old and New Government Reservation Areas ;
. Trans Amadi Industrial layout and adjoining neighbourhood;
. Rumuepirikom community neighbourhood;
. Woji community neighbourhood
. Ojubuko/Amadi-Ama /Abuloma neighbourhoods
. Dualization of Sakpenwa-Bori Road
This is one of the most important road projects since the creation of Rivers State. This road has been a source of vain political promises. Governor Wike pledged to construct this road which connects Tai, Gokana, Khana, Opobo-Nkoro and Andoni Local Government Areas to the heart of the State Capital and he has delivered on that promise.
. Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road
This road started by the Odili Administration was abandoned by the immediate past administration in the state. Governor Wike has connected the Ancient Opobo town by road. Since December 2018, Opobo people started driving into the ancient kingdom.
Governor Wike received the Golden Key to the city of Opobo as the first governor to drive into the ancient island.
The Amayanabo of Opobo Kingdom , King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, presenting the key to Governor Wike, thanked him for building the road.
Similarly, key communities of Andoni Local Government have been connected by road, while the road is heading to NGO, the Island Headquarters of Andoni LGA.
. . Woji-Elelenwo Dual Carriageway
This is a Dual Carriageway and Bridge, a major inter-change between three local government areas of Obio/Akpor, Port Harcourt and Eleme. The road was awarded in 2009, but the previous administration failed to fund it, leading abandonment in 2012.
Governor Wike re-started the project because of its relevance to the economy of the state. The Wike Administration completed the road and the bridge. The road is an alternative route to Trans-Amadi-Slaughter Road. The road was constructed on a swampy area, with a beautiful flyover, streetlights, an under-pass and 750 metre bridge.
. Obiri-Ikwerre Airport Dual Carriageway
This is a 12. 2 kilometre Dual Carriageway that is an alternative route to the Port Harcourt International Airport. This road has eased travel time. Before the reconstruction of the Obiri-Ikwerre Airport Road by the Wike administration, the road was impassable due to abandonment.
This is an 8.4 kilometre road completed by Governor Wike in the heart of the Rivers State capital. The Garrison-Trans-Amadi-
Slaughter-Woji-Elelenwo Road which leads to the economic nerve centre of Rivers State is a major contribution to the growth of the state.
Fitted with 16 telecommunication ducts on the two sides of the dual-carriageway, the Garrison-Trans-Amadi-
Slaughter-Woji-Elelenwo Road has six bridges and seven exquisitely designed roundabouts with delicately placed walkways and gardens.
The contract was awarded by the immediate past administration in 2009 but abandoned due to lack of funding. Upon assumption of office, Governor Wike financed the execution of the project through Internally Generated Revenue.
. Chokocho-Umuechem-Ozuzu Road and Chokocho -Igbo-Etche-Rumuokurushi Inter- Change
The Chokocho-Umuechem-Ozuzu road is a 16 kilometre road that is key to the evacuation of agricultural products from Etche LGA.
The Chokocho -Igbo-Etche-Rumuokurushi Inter- Change is another Road that serves farmers in the area. Governor Wike delivered both roads in record time.
. Igwurura- Chokocho Road
The Igwuruta-Chokocho Federal Road was abandoned by the Federal Government foe over 20 years , cutting off the Etche people from the rest of Rivers State. The reconstruction of the road was flagged off in January, 2016 and completed within seven months by the Wike Administration.
This Road was abandoned by the Amaechi administration at less than 30 percent completion stage . Governor Wike upon assumption of duty, mobilised the contractor for the completion of the important project.
The dual carriageway of 1.672 kilometers has a bridge of about 207.5metres long, and 20 meters road-width with a total of 63 beams.
..Airport–Ipo-Omademe -Ozuoha Road
This 22 .3 kilometre road cuts across different agrarian communities of Ikwerre Local Government Area. It is a key project that helps farmers convey their wares to markets in Port Harcourt.
. Nkpogu Bridges
Governor Wike constructed the two Nkpogu Bridges which Major access to the NLNG Office and other business districts in Port Harcourt.
Governor Wike has in the last four years kept his promise to Rivers people on road infrastructure. There is no local Government Area without a major road project. The high level of connectivity in the state has boosted Rivers economy. Behold Nigeria’s Commander of Projects, a workaholic for his people.