Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said his administration will award a contract for two additional flyovers to reduce traffic congestion in Port Harcourt and its environs.
Wike disclosed that the two flyovers will be located at Rumuokuta and NTA-Choba Road in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area and completed within the next ten months.
He said this after inspecting the ongoing construction work at the Dr Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, the Ogbum-nu-Abali sand fill, Rumueprikom, Orochiri-Worukwo, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo flyovers in Port Harcourt on Monday.
The governor maintained that his administration’s huge investment in infrastructure in the past seven years has undeniably laid a solid foundation for the sustainable growth of Rivers State.
“We are going to award 11th and 12th flyovers any moment from now. I have made the promise before and will not go back. It will be record-breaking in the history of this country that a State government was able to embark on 12 flyovers, not in 8 years. You’ll remember these flyovers started in 2019, my second tenure. It is not that we started in 2015.
“For you to do 12 flyovers in four years, I don’t see who has broken that kind of record. It is commitment. This is the campaign for us. This is the campaign for those who are running for Senate, campaign for those who are running for House of Reps, campaign for those who are running for House of Assembly, and campaign for those who are running for governor. We have shown the world that we can do it and we have done it.
“And I do know my successor will take from what we have done because he is part of what is going on in government. He knows everything. He will not want to bring down the standard. The standard we have set in this state will be difficult for anybody to bring it down. For me, I am very happy.”
Governor Wike revealed that the State government will fund the two additional flyovers from its Internally Generated Revenue through an irrevocable standing order.
The governor declared that Rivers people will never allow those who conspired with their cronies to defraud the State of its assets while in office to impose a governor on them.