Soberekon Challenges Wike …To Build Flyover Link PH, Okrika, Eleme …Not To Use Rivers Funds For Federal Projects …Tells Amaechi To Complete Monorail
A social activist and Niger Delta development advocate, Rev. Sokari Soberekon has called on Governor Nyesom Wike to construct flyover and bridges to connect Port Harcourt to Okrika and Eleme rather constructing Flyover Bridge along federal roads in Rivers State.
In a chat with newsmen in Port Harcourt, Soberekon said the proposed than construct a flyover along Garrison and other federal roads in the state was a waste of scarce resources which could be invested in other areas of need.
According to the social crusader state funds spent on federal projects by previous administrations in the state had not been reimbursed by the federal government.
Soberekon alleged that the administration of former Governor Chibuike Amaechi spent over N166billion on the Obiri Ikwere flyover and N35b on the Owerri/Port Harcourt road which he stated are monies that have not been refunded to the River State government.
He warned that states in the Niger Delta should not sacrifice the resources of the region in a bid please the federal government, emphasizing that the region provides the major resources that are used for the development of the nation.
Soberekon advised Governor Wike to channel the funds meant for the flyovers on federal roads to construct flyover bridges to link Port Harcourt to Okrika and Eleme, adding that such would reduce the pressure on the East West road and the Aba road.
He appealed to former Governor Chibuike Amaechi to use his second term appointment as minister in the Mohammadu Buhari administration to bring federal projects to Rivers State; stressing that he could make the abandoned monorail in the state a federal project and complete it.
Rev. Soberekon stated that Rivers people have not enjoyed the impact of the Nigerian Rail way line extension to Port Harcourt adding that the completion of the monorail by the federal government will benefit the people.