Not all governors are like you – Kwankwaso hails Wike’s strides in Rivers

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Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (middle); Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dr (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry-Banigo (left) and former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (right) at the inauguration of Rumuogba flyover on Tuesday.

Former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rab’iu Kwankwaso says Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike stays back in his state to provide dividends of democracy to the populace unlike some of his colleagues.

Kwankwaso stated this on Tuesday while commissioning the Rumuogba flyover in Port Harcourt, the state capital, according to a statement signed by Special Adviser on Media to Governor Wike, Kelvin Ebiri.

The statement quoted the ex-governor as expressing delight at the untiring efforts of Governor Wike in transforming the landscape of Rivers State and particularly Port Harcourt with people-oriented projects.

He added that Wike has also demonstrated a nationalistic spirit by creating a conducive climate that has promoted peace, and unity among all residents in the state.

“We respect you because most of the time, you’re on the ground here in Rivers State taking care of the good people of your state. I want to say not all governors can say the same. Keep on moving, keep on doing the right thing.

“Being a governor is a very serious assignment. It is a contract between you and your people for 8years. Now, we are almost 6years, we have just 2years plus for you to be in Government House in Rivers State before by the grace of God you’ll move forward for the national assignment,” Kwankwaso was quoted to have said.

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According to the statement, Wike said the inauguration of the Rumuogba flyover had left so many people speechless because they least expected that such feat would be accomplished.

He stated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) does not have room for excuses because the party always fulfils any promise made to the people to improve the socioeconomic status of Rivers state and its people.

The governor urged Rivers people to expect the inauguration of five more flyovers in the next 12 months, noting that these would include the Rumuola,  Ogbunuabali,  GRA,  Aba Road Rumukalagbor and Ikwerre road -Olu-Obasanjo flyovers.

“This is one of the three flyovers that we signed with Julius Berger Nigeria PLC sometime in 2019. The others are the Okoro-nu-odo flyover and the Rebisi flyover. We gave them 16 months.

“So many people thought we will not accomplish it. They thought it will be one of those elephant projects that will be abandoned by our administration.

“But to the glory of God, giving us the resources,  giving us the strength, and giving us the wisdom, Julius Berger Nigeria PLC completed these three flyovers in 14 months.

“Already, there are three other flyovers that are on-going. The Rumuola flyover, the GRA flyover and the Ogbunuabali flyover.

“We have just signed the flyovers 7 and 8 and we are going to pay Julius Berger Nigeria PLC 70 percent upfront. We don’t want to hear that the project cannot be completed. So, in the next one year, we are going to commission another five flyovers to the glory of God.”

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