N78B REFUND FOR FEDERAL ROADS. …Fashola Defends Wike, Amaechi. …As Rivers residents speak on Flyover
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has said the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has not received any money on recent N78Billion approved by the Federal Government as refund for federal projects delivered by the state.
Fashola who was in Port Harcourt to commission the Rebisi Flyover completed by the Wike administration, four months ahead of schedule, lauded the Rivers Governor for “radical urban renewal.”
He said, “It was the initiative of President Mohammadu Buhari to refund to states monies they have spent on federal roads and it was done across party lines without discrimination.
The Minister also dismissed allegation that the Minister for Transportation, Rt Hon. Rotimi Amaechi was opposed to the refund approval to Rivers State ,noting that the former Rivers Governor instead champion the refund.
On alleged Governor Wike’s reference to the absence of federal presence in Rivers State, Fasola said such notion was no longer tenable with works ongoing on milestone N120Billion Bodo-Bonny Road and the Port Harcourt Aba Expressway.
Shortly before cutting the tape to declare the Rebisi Flyover open, the works and housing minister said, “Having gone round to see some of the projects Wike is delivering, what I have witnessed is massive urban regeneration and renewal in Rivers”
Wike in his remarks on the occasion urged the minister to appeal to President Buhari to approve more refunds to Rivers based on continued massive upgrades of federal roads in the state including the Rebisi Flyover, four others nearing completion and a sixth in the works.
The Vortex spoke with some residents on the commissioning of the flyover
Benson Ekule; “I have been here since 1986, I appreciate God for the wonderful work the governor has done. I thank him so much, he is God sent to Rivers people. God will give him more strength to do more and he should be focused and do the right thing always. He should not be distracted by the enemies. Kudos to Governor Wike for building the Garrison flyover bridge
Harrison Ogenemene; “I have lived in this state for up to 32 years even if I am from Delta State. I am right here at the Garrison flyover and this is a superb feat. Governor Wike has demonstrated class and repositioned the city for good. With this, there’ll be free flow of traffic, enabling businesses to thrive.
Adaku Uhakpubo said the future will be bright as a result of the excellent work.
She said, “I have lived in Port Harcourt since 2017. The Governor has been addressed as “Mr. Project” and he is just that. I see a wonderful future in this state with the commissioning of this flyover. It will open a new vista of opportunities. It has changed the landscape of Port Harcourt and I’m certain it’ll attract so many people to Rivers State.
This flyover is indeed a legacy project. It’ll ease traffic on this axis of the state capital whence traffic from Trans Amadi Industrial Area, Ogbun-abali, computer village and the Port Harcourt /Aba Expressway converge. It again shows the commitment of Gov. Wike towards delivering quality projects to the people; Despite the challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, work continued at the project site. I must also commend Julius Berger for sustaining the tempo of work and delivering in time.”
Wekulom Isaiah stated that although the project will be beneficial to the state, Government must also touch the lives of the masses directly with quality healthcare, education, employment opportunities, water supply and security.
He said, “Governor Wike has spent a chunk of the state’s resources on the Port Harcourt/Obio Akpor axis. This is why roads in other parts of Rivers State have been ignored. When will he start constructing the road to Okehi in Etche Local Government that leads to Okpala in Imo State? When will he start the construction of the Trans-Kalabari Road? These are pertinent questions waiting for answers. There are dilapidated public schools across the state begging for attention.
In this same Rivers State where flyovers will gulp over N50 billion, the state’s pensioners are struggling to survive due to huge unpaid annuities promotion arrears to civil servants since 2015 has not been paid. Thousands of youths in Rivers State are roaming the streets unemployed. As much as he this project will open up the state, I believe attention should be given to all other sectors,” he said.
A motorist, Ezenye Felix said, “This flyover will resolve the traffic gridlock along Aba Road and help us ease traffic on this important road. We are happy with this development. We know that he is “Mr. Project” that is why we voted for him for a second term. I pray God to protect him to continue to do the best for Rivers people. He is a hardworking governor who loves the people of the state.”