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Key Developmental Projects In Rivers State (1) – By Simeon Nwakaudu 


Infrastructural development forms the most important premise in the empowerment  process of the people of Rivers State by the administration of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike. 

Governor Wike sees infrastructural development as a tool to reach all peoples  of the state, irrespective  of their political affiliation. Facilities  provided are non-discriminatory.  Anyone can use them.

Upon assumption  of office on May 29, 2015, Governor Wike  inherited a state that was raped and left in ruins  by the immediate past administration. Nothing was working. The economy  was comatose as a result of a shattered infrastructure base, state assets sold and the morale of Rivers people left at an all time low, despite the N3trillion  that accrued to the failed Amaechi administration. 

The major objective was to link different parts of the state to Port Harcourt, the state capital. The government committed itself to  creating the needed access  to different communities, so that their respective economies can grow. It was in this wise that the Igwuruta-Chokocho Road was reconstructed  to create access to the food basket of Rivers State  in the heart of the Etche Ethnic Nationality. 

There are three capital intensive  projects being executed  by the Wike administration  in its quest to transform  the economies of Rivers South-East and Rivers West Senatorial Districts. 

The three projects under focus are: the dualization of the Sakpenwa-Bori Road, the construction of the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo Unity Road  and the Abonnema Ring Road.

These road projects  are aimed at driving the  rapid economic  and  social development  of communities  in Khana, Tai, Gokana, Andoni, Opobo-Nkoro and Akuku-Toru Local Government Areas .


This  is one of the most outstanding projects of the Wike administration.  It is in fulfilment  of the Governor’s campaign  pledge to the Ogoni people. The most historic intervention  of any administration since the creation of Rivers State, 50 years ago.

The objective of the road is to open up the economy of the Ogoni Ethnic  Nationality  to the rest of the state and the world.  The road is also aimed at reducing carnage on the existing  single carriageway  that leads to the heart  of Ogoni-land. 

Since the  project  was flagged off by Governor Wike on May 26, 2016, it has progressed satisfactorily.  The percentage of milestones  of completion  so far reached  have excited  the people, as the Wike administration  is driving the road towards Bori town. The World-class  contractors, CCECC, who are  handling the projects are living up to the expectations  of the people. 

At present, the bridge just before Bori is under construction. The drainage  by the Birabi Memorial Grammar School is also under construction, while earthwork has reached  the Kpopie junction. 

As expected, Ogoni people and their leaders appreciate  the efforts of Governor Wike in delivering this project. 

Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, Mr. Legborsi Saro Pyagbara praised Governor Wike  for living up to his promise, saying the governor has by his action served the interest  of  all Ogoni people, irrespective  of  their political  differences and affiliations.

Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers, King Godwin Giniwa commended the Governor for his work in Ogoni land.  He said the dualization of the Sakpenwa-Bori Road and the key appointments extended to Ogoni people in Wike’s administration are praiseworthy.

Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Hon Kenneth Kobani said the commencement of the construction of the road is a dream comes true for Ogoni people.

Former Member of the House of Representatives, Hon Dum Dekor  declared  that by Governor  Wike’s  investments in Ogoni land, he will continue  to  enjoy  the support  of  the  people.


This road upon completion  will link two riverine local government areas  to the mainland of Rivers State.  It is a road that will revolutionise the economies  of Opobo-Nkoro and Andoni Local Government Areas. 

After flagging off the completion  of this  road which was abandoned  by the immediate past administration, Governor Wike  has sustained funding and supervision to ensure scheduled  attainment of required  milestones. 

Progress of work on the Opobo-Nkoro axis and the Andoni axis of the Unity Road have been worthwhile.  Governor Wike’s  commitment  remains that indigenes of the two local government areas  will drive to their communities  before the end of his first term.

On the Opobo-Nkoro axis, the contractors of the project  are currently  working on bridge number eight which is the last bridge on the way to Opobo. From the bridge to Opobo town, there is still 6 kilometres  of completely  fresh  construction  to be carried out. 

The contractors  are engaged in filling of lateriate materials, building of embankment, filling of sharp sand and further deployment  of earth moving equipment  in area for fresh construction.  

Similarly, work on the Andoni stretch of the Unity Road has been in line with specifications. Work is ongoing at Bridge number three of the  road to protect it from deterioration.  The road is still being used by motorists, while piling work is ongoing. The piling work of the two-approach of the road will span 800metres. Thereafter, asphalting of that section of the road will commence . 

After bridge number three, work will proceed to bridge number four  , down  to Ikuru. 

The scope of work from Ikuru  to Ngo include filling of materials,  stone-base and asphalting .


This road project is being constructed  to provide an alternative route out of the Island town of Abonnema.  The road will help decongest the town and create other residential  areas  and centres of development. The road is a by-pass.

The road has reached  60 percent completion.  The next phase  is the completion of the bridge work.  Piling is almost complete and surfacing will soon commence. All required sandfilling has been completed. The ring road will  be ready by December, 2017.

There is no local  government in  the state that is left out in the massive roll-out of projects by the Wike administration.  The administration  has focused her developmental interventions  on three areas – infrastructure, health and education. 

The other sectors  are also receiving  attention, but majority of the projects revolve around the aforementioned  sectors. 

The administration  is determined to spreads development  to all the nooks of the state, with a view to building  a strong foundation  for the growth of hitherto  neglected communities. 

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