Rivers State

11th Flyover: Wike Vows Not To Abandon Any Of The Projects He Started For His Successor

▪︎Appeals to Rivers residents to endure inconvenience of constructing 11th, 12th flyovers

The Executive Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has reiterated that he will complete every project he initiated before he leaves office in 2023. The governor who completed several abandoned projects of the immediate past administration in his first year in office stated this during the official flag-off of Flyover 11 to be sited at Rumuokwuta/Rumuola Junction, Ikwerre Road, Port Harcourt on Thursday, 18 August, 2022.

“I am not going to abandon any project for the governor that is coming. I will complete any project that I have awarded. My successor is coming with a new slate, he cannot say I left problems for him,” the Governor said.

Governor Wike seized the occasion to appeal to Rivers residents to exercise patience and endurance over the inconvenience that will emanate from the construction of these new flyovers. He assured them that they will appreciate his efforts when the projects are completed.

“I know what our people are going to pass through in constructing these flyovers. This is the period we should make sacrifice, this is the period we must be patient, at the end of the day the benefit will come, the multiplier effect will be tremendous.

“I want to appeal to the people to endure the hardship in these few months that Julius Berger will be constructing this project. I also want to enjoin the communities to please cooperate with the construction firm so that the project can be delivered at the specified time.

“Yesterday we released the money for the compensation for every property that will be affected here. We have paid for the relocation of the electric poles, we have also paid for the properties that will be affected in Mgbuoba and Azikiwe-Illoabuchi projects. The total money we have released for compensation for these three projects is about N4.2bn,” he said.

In his remarks while performing the official flag-off of the project, Donald Duke, former Governor of Cross River State who was the Special Guest of Honour extolled the giant strides of Governor Wike.

“I am tired of congratulating His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike because there is always something commendable going on in Rivers State every day.

“I want to tell the people of Rivers State that you are indeed very fortunate to have Nyesom Wike as your governor. It is very unfortunate that the country will not benefit from his great potentials right now,” he said.

Giving the project description, the Hon. Commissioner for Works, Dr. Dax George-Kelly Alabo, FNIQS stated that the 11th flyover will take off from Ebony Junction on Rumuola Road and terminate after Seventh Day Adventist Church on Ikwerre Road.

“The flyover is going to take off from Ebony Junction axis of Rumuola Road, curve into Rumuokwuta Junction and then terminate somewhere after the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Ikwerre Road. Unlike other flyovers that are straight, this one is slightly different because it will be like a parabolic curve.

“This flyover will be 1007.5m in length, probably the longest of all the flyovers. It is going to have a cross-sectional width of 17.6m because it is a dual carriageway with a median of 1m and walkways of 1m on each sides.

“Substructuraly, we are going to have 272 piles, 800 millimetres diameter each, these piles will be driven to the point of refusal up to the depth of between 19 to 22 metres as shown in our cone penetration test. We are going to be having 168 beams launched, each of those beams will have two elastomeric bearings so that movements due to vertical compression can be accommodated,” the Commissioner said.