Wike Flags Off Construction of Rumuokoro Flyover
By Dipo Omoware
The Rivers State Government has flagged off the construction of flyover bridge at the ever-busy Rumuokoro junction to ease traffic congestion.
This follows a similar flag-off of the 517.5km Rumuogba flyover bridge one day earlier.
Governor Wike at the ceremony urged the people of Rumuokoro to support to the contractor and ensure that the project is delivered on time.
The Governor named the flyover bridge Okoro-nodu flyover on the day and requested that the name change should not bring disunity among communities in Rumuokoro.
“I don’t want us to fight, I don’t want us to stop Julius Berger from doing this job so it’s important that we must allow the contractors to do their job very well.”
He added that this was bridge would change the landscape of the area and provide employment opportunities for people living in the area.
“During my inauguration speech on 29th of May 2019, I made a promise to the people of Rivers state that one of the things I will do will be to construct three fly-overs simultaneously, so please my dear people let us enjoy this period and have these three fly-overs, it is for our own good, it will employ our people here, it will change the landscape of this area.
The Rumuokoro junction connects Port Harcourt to other parts of the state and is prone to heavy gridlock, especially during rush hour.
On his part, Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed who was at the event commended Governor Nyesom Wike for executing “projects and programs that directly touch communities.”
Governor Mohammed also said the Rivers governor has built a strong relationship with stakeholders in the state that fosters good governance for the people.
“I know it will not be flattering to say you have really gotten yourself a really good leader of substances, somebody that can take Rivers to the next level.”
“He has deepened community relations, created the required cash flow and he is deploying resources where they should be, honestly I am highly privileged to be here with this very efficient leader.”
The Okoro-nodu flyover bridge spans 360metres, with the approach making it 800metres, Roundabout and Service Lane.
Additional report by Emeka Ortuka.