Wike tasks FG to complete neglected East-West road

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L-R: Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the PDP, Senator Walid Jubril, Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi O. Ibani and Hon. Marcus Nle Ejii during the inauguration of Community Secondary School, Eteo, Eleme LGA on Friday.

L-R: Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the PDP, Senator Walid Jubril, Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi O. Ibani and Hon. Marcus Nle Ejii during the inauguration of Community Secondary School, Eteo, Eleme LGA on Friday.

By Okafor Ofiebor /Port Harcourt

Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has urged the federal government to expeditiously complete the abandoned East-West road because of its economic importance.

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He said the neglect of the East-West road, particularly the Eleme axis where the Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone, Port Harcourt refinery and Onne seaport are situated, is unacceptable.

Wike stated this during the inauguration of Community Secondary School Eteo, Eleme and Community Secondary School, Obeakpu-Ndoki, Oyigbo respectively on Friday.
“I  urge the federal government under the APC to please fulfil promises they made to Nigerians, fulfil promises they made to Rivers State.
“It is unfortunate, look at the East-West road, this part of it has almost collapsed. The money comes from where? The money comes from us. Can you see this part of the road anywhere in this country?
“They are taking us for granted because we have nobody. God in his infinite mercy will give us somebody. The kind of treatment we are receiving from this  federal government is unacceptable.”
The governor charged the Minister of Niger Delta  Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio to visit the Eleme section of the East-West road to appreciate the agony of the people of the area.
He further decried the failure of the Minister of Transportation, who hails from Rivers State to ensure that both the Port Harcourt and  Onne ports function optimally for the benefit of the State.
Wike explained that before the reconstruction of  Community Secondary School, Eteo, students  were learning in a very unconducive environment, worst still, without chairs.
He stated that the State Government decided to reconstruct the 24 classrooms school to improve access to quality education in the State.
“We are not only focusing on the road, but we are also focusing on health and we are also focusing on education. This will improve access to quality education.”
The governor appealed to the teachers and students of the school to utilise the facilities provided by the State government and make sure that the school is protected.
Thereafter, Wike commended Eleme youths for resisting attempts by some persons with secessionist agenda to use the community as a base for their nefarious activities.
According to him, Rivers state believes in the unity of the country and will continue to insist that every section of the country should be accorded equal opportunities and privileges.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the  PDP, Senator Walid Jubril, who inaugurated the Eteo secondary school said the party is proud of the developmental strides of Governor Wike.
Jubril further commended the governor for his steadfast defence and support of the PDP.
Similarly, former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, who inaugurated the Community Secondary School, Obeakpu-Ndoki said the achievements of Governor Wike is worthy of emulation by other governors.
 He explained that as a party man, Governor Wike has displayed total commitment, total loyalty and total faith in the survival and management of the PDP.
“Governor Wike remains a role model, worthy to be emulated. I advised other governors to come to Port Harcourt to see what Governor Wike is doing.”
Rivers State Commissioner of Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku said the two inaugurated schools will further create access to quality education in the State.
Special adviser to the Governor on special projects, George Kelly D. Alabo, said the reconstructed secondary school at Eteo has 24 classrooms, a library, a laboratory, a chapel and connected to the national grid.