Rivers State Government is to construct a bridge to link Port Harcourt to Okrika by road. Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike stated this during his campaign rally at Okrika. Already the people of Okrika have expressed delight over the governor’s promise.
Reacting to the governor’s promise, some indigenes told our correspondent that the project would help ease movement of people and goods within and to neighbouring communities and beyond.
A university don and prominent chief of Okrika, Chief Prof Isaac Zeb-Obipi Ogulacha, said, “It is very good thing to have a bridge that links Okrika island to Port Harcourt through a number of Wakirike towns and villages as promised by the governor. He has given the Wakirike people another reason to vote massively for him on the 2nd of March, 2019.
According to them, a bridge to link Okrika to Port Harcourt City would also bring rapid development to the area, boost economic activities and enable the people to live at Okrika and go to work in Port Harcourt without stress.
They maintained that although it is a gigantic project, but expressed optimism that they have confidence that he is a promise keeper who had never failed in his electioneering promises, describing the plan as timely and welcome development.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on NDDC matters, Barrister Aribitonye Okiri said the project is good for all citizens of the state and beyond as it would enhance development and facilitate movement of people and goods.
He expressed gratitude to God for Governor Wike who is eager to develop all nooks and crannies of the state, adding that the people of Okrika will continue to support him in his re-election as governor of Rivers State.
He prayed God to protect and give him the courage to fulfill all his promise to the people of the state because he has the love for the citizens he swore to protect and defend, stressing that it is a welcome development as NDDC failed to do it.
A media consultant and former Supervisor for Agriculture in Okrika LGA, Hon Dennis Sobere noted that the bridge will help the people economically and socially because of proximity and will decongest other roads within the neighouring, communities as well as bring investors to the area.
A stakeholder in Road Transport and Operational Manager of ACE Driving School, Port Harcourt, Mr Tamunokuro Fuayefika opined that the project is a good one as it would boost the area economically but advised fear that thorough research should be carried on where the project will pass in order not to cause traffic gridlock at Borikiri axis of Port Harcourt.