Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said that he has nothing to prove to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
Speaking during the commissioning of the construction of the Ogbum-nu-Abali/Eastern-Bypass Road project in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, Wike said his performance in office is there for all to see.
Wike accused the previous administration of politicising the reconstruction of the road and failing to carry out the project.
The governor said he looked beyond such politicking by interfacing with the people to understand the economic benefits of a dualised road in the city centre.
He said with the level of infrastructural development around Ogbum-nu-Abali, there would be a spike in the value of property in the area.
He said: “I know that the people of Ogbum-nu-Abali resisted the dualisation of this road because of lack of information. When I met with the community leaders, they said look, they have houses bequeathed to them by their grandparents.
“I told them that whether they like it or not, if I don’t dualise it today, tomorrow somebody else will do it. And you don’t know who is coming.
“So, it’s better done now that I am a governor than when you don’t know who is coming. And the economic benefit of this road is too much, which you may not understand now.”
The governor stated that the entire Old Government Residential Area (GRA) had been given a facelift with quality road projects.
He said: “This is the only place remaining. Old GRA cannot be like that and then we will leave this place. We have done the Rebisi flyover, the Oru-Abali flyover. There is no way this place will not be dualised at all. It’s not possible.”
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