Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The people of Ogoni Ethnic Nationality on yesterday went into wild celebration as Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike flagged off the construction of the strategic Sakpenwa-Bori Road.
Performing the flag off of the construction of the Sakpenwa-Bori Road in the presence of the key leaders, traditional chiefs , women and youth groups of the Ogoni land, the governor said that the Ogoni people stood by him all through the electioneering period, pointing out that the dualization of the Sakpenwa-Bori Road is in fulfilment of the covenant he entered with the people.
He assured that the Sakpenwa-Bori Road will be completed within the scheduled time of 15 months as his administration will diligently fund the contract.
He added that he has even started discussing with the contractor to ensure that the completion date is reduced to 12 months.
“We will not play politics with the construction of the road. That is why we have engaged a reputable construction company, CCECC to dualise the road”, he said.
The governor declared that his administration will complete another important Ogoni road, Gokana-Bodo road which was abandoned by the immediate past administration.
He appealed to Ogoni people to sink their political differences and support the clean up of Ogoni land via the implementation of the UNEP Report by the Federal Government.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Supreme Ogoni Council of Chiefs, King GNA Giniwa commended the Governor for fulfilling his promise to the people of the area.
The Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, King Dandeson Jaja praised the governor for always living up to his word, while the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Rt Hon Kenneth Kobani said the commencement of the construction of Sakpenwa-Bori Road is a dream come true for Ogoni people.
President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, Mr. Legborsi Saro Pyagbar said that the Ogoni people are grateful to Governor Wike for living up to his word by commencing the dualization of the road which is critical to the economy of the area.
Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Mr Bathuel Iheanyichukwu assured that the Sakpenwa-Bori Road will be delivered in line with the specifications stipulated in the contract.