Governor Nyesom Wike has started repair of key roads to greatly ease off the daily traffic gridlock on Port Harcourt Central Business District (CBD).
There are at least three main traffic arteries in the West Africa’s oil hub: Aba Road, Ikwerre Road and East-West Road, and all lead out of the Garden city to Abia, Imo, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa states before they connect to other parts of the country.
Over half a million vehicles ply the Aba expressway (in Port Harcourt), which runs through Aba (Abia State) to Enugu, which is 236 km from Port Harcourt. More than three times that number run through the 676 km East- West Road, of which about 188 km is in Rivers State.
The first key road, being handled by Governor Wike is the Nkpogu Road, with a bridge. It is an old project started by the immediate past administration of Chibuike Amaechi. The dual carriageway was completed but left with the bridge yet unfinished.
Another aspect of the road is the Trans Amadi Garrison to Slaughter industrial layout, which is being expanded to a dual carriageway. A bridge over the Nwaja River at Nkpogu-Elekahia junction would be a delight to thousands of motorists and other road users.
Wike described the road as abandoned by the contractor because the last administration owed contractor the sum of N500 million.
The Governor said the road was strategic because it would greatly decongest traffic in the city when completed.
The Peter Odilli–Woji Road with a bridge at the Slaughter would ease traffic, as it would iad motorists to avoid the East-West Road and Aba Road, and would reach Onne, the high octane multi-billion dollar oil and gas free zone, said to be the world’s biggest oil/gas free zone.
Governor Wike would not want to be dragged into unnecessary arguments of which administration started the roads and which is finishing them.
He said that all he has been doing is to complete projects initiated by the immediate past administration, he said: “the projects initiated by the past administration will be completed, provided they have positive and direct impact on the people of Rivers State.
“The important thing is to finish a project. Starting a project and abandoning it is a waste of public funds,” he said, while criticizing the Amaechi administration of “spending 8 years of initiating projects that were not completed.”