A Functional Agency For  Rivers Roads

By Simeon Nwakaudu

There was nothing to show that a government existed in Rivers State  between 2011 and 2015 as far as roads are concerned.

The immediate  past  APC  administration  in the state  allowed almost all roads in the state to degenerate to the level of  village  footpaths. Very deplorable.

Governor Wike  inherited this rather disturbing situation.  The roads in the  urban centres of the state were so bad that they were used to mock the Rivers people.

This was a sad commentary as the Amaechi/APC  administration  had the rare privilege of accessing over N3trillion in eight years.  The highest to accrue to the state since the return  to democracy  in 1999.

Beginning May 29, 2015, Governor Wike  outlined his double-barrelled  approach  to fix the roads in the state and rebuild  her state’s economy  for the benefit  of  the  people.

The governor’s  road construction,  reconstruction  and rehabilitation  programmes are built around the State Ministry of Works and the Rivers Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Agency.

The State Ministry of  Works have delivered over 150 kilometres  of roads in the last 15 months of the administration  of  Governor Wike.  These  over 100 roads are spread across six local government  areas  of  the  state. Several of these roads were commissioned  during and after the governor’s  first year in office.  Others are ongoing.
New roads in the other 17 local government areas are being processed for award and execution.  The governor explained  that he started with the urban centres  because of the need to address the traffic  needs of the larger communities,  where majority of Rivers people reside and do business.

The Rivers Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Agency  transformed by Governor  Wike  has made more roads motorable  in the urban centres of the state than at any other time in the history  of  the state.

This agency has delivered  more than 130 roads in the last 15 months  of the Wike administration. Dilapidated  Roads in Port Harcourt City, Oyigbo,  Eleme, Obio/Akpor and Ikwerre Local Government Areas have been  rehabilitated  to the  delight of the people.

Majority  of the roads that have either been rehabilitated  or maintained  by the agency were completely  neglected for over two decades.  Therefore, they degenerated  beyond imagination.

Upon assumption  of office as Governor of Rivers State,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  repositioned the agency, equipped  it and ensured that it is appropriately  funded to serve as an interventionist  agency to address the challenges  faced by the state regarding  road infrastructure.

For the most populated suburbs  in Port Harcourt  and Obio/Akpor  Local Government Areas,  the Rivers State Road Rehabilitation and Maintenance have rehabilitated  the worst roads and created access to neglected  communities.

This agency  has also  intervened on failed portions of Aba Road, a major Federal Road that is critical to traffic in Oyigbo, Obio /Akpor and Port Harcourt City Local Government Areas.  This road is also critical  to traffic from the South East and Northern parts of the country into the treasure base of the nation.

Today, motorists are happy that the Oyigbo junction  on Aba road and Rumuola Flyover  have been completely  rehabilitated  by the agency.

Road Rehabilitation  has been  been democratised under the leadership of Governor Wike.  Residents report the road situation  in their communities  to the Rivers State Road Rehabilitation and Maintenance Agency via the social media  and text messages .

The agency then sends her technical officials to conduct feasibility  studies on the reported roads. Upon the completion  of  the  feasibility  studies,  the roads are then rehabilitated . This practical  approach  to project implementation  has  been  quite successful.

Executive Chairman of the Agency, Chief Okey Okah since his appointment  by Governor Wike has made outstanding contributions to  the  governor’s mission   to road repairs and rehabilitation.

Since May 29, 2015, there is no single state in the entire that can match Rivers State  in terms of road  construction,  reconstruction and rehabilitation.  This achievement  is not a function  of  the  availability  of  funds. It is public  knowledge  that the Federal Allocation  like those of other states have nose-dived.

If it had to do with access to finance,  the immediate  past APC /Amaechi  administration  in the state would have fixed these roads since it received  on the average N20billion from the Federal Allocation.  This is excluding  the regular  loans that failed administration  accessed.

The outstanding  success  in the rehabilitation of existing  roads in Rivers State flows from the careful  planning of Governor  Wike,  diligent application  of  scarce resources  and high level  supervision of projects.  All projects are wired to succeed  as failure is not an option.

The delivery  of  about 250 roads in the areas of new construction,  reconstruction and rehabilitation  across  different communities  in Rivers State  is the reason why Rivers State  has been confined to irregular  and incoherent statements.  They would  have  remained  quiet, but they need to issue press statements to justify  stipends  from their Abuja paymaster  who stole Rivers State blind.

Simeon Nwakaudu,
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.

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