Rivers State

Ex-Gov. Mimiko Highlights Poverty Reduction Contents of Gov. Wike’s Projects in Rivers State

Ex-Governor Olusegun Mimiko (second left) in a handshake with Rivers Works Commissioner Dax George-Kerley at the official flag-off of the construction of Indorama-Agbonchia-Ebubu-Ogale-East West Link Road, Eleme Local Government Area, Rivers State, on Monday 5 December, 2022.

Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, former Governor of Ondo State, has highlighted the poverty reduction contents of Governor Nyesom Wike’s projects in Rivers State and commended the tremendous strides made by Governor Nyesom Wike in infrastructure and human capital development.

According to Dr. Mimiko, the projects executed by Governor Wike are patterned in a way that they can create jobs and reduce poverty in the state.

The former governor of Ondo State made the assertion at the official flag-off of the construction of Indorama-Agbonchia-Ebubu-Ogale-East West Link Road, Eleme Local Government Area, Rivers State, on Monday 5 December, 2022.

“I am happy to be invited for the fourth time in the last one year for project commissioning and flag-off in Rivers State. I was here on the 9th of December 2021 to commission the Rumuola Flyover, and again on the 5th of September 2022 to flag-off the Azikiwe-Iloabuchi Road. It is interesting that project commissioning and flag-off activities have not ceased in the state since then.

“There is no question about the fact that there is poverty reduction content to Governor Wike’s road projects. Your commitment to human capital development is also commendable.

“When the Commissioner for Works was describing the project, he said it is 10.3 kilometres long with about 8 metres wide, I asked could this huge project be completed in six months? But I have no doubt because Governor Wike has maintained the record of completing projects in a short time, it is also evident in the way the people are rejoicing over the project, it is obvious they have no doubt about its completion too,” he added.

Addressing the people earlier, Governor Nyesom Wike said the project is an all important road that will further open up Eleme for more economic activities.

“No matter your political party, if you are in government, bring development to your people, make them feel the dividends of democracy, this is the most important thing.

“This project is very important, it will open up Eleme for more economic exploration beyond your imagination. Indorama and other companies can connect Onne Seaport without going through East-West Road. We brought this project to this area because we cannot abandon you,” the Governor said.

Providing the project description, the Honourable Commissioner for Works, Dr. George-Kelly D. Alabo, FNIQS said Indorama-Agbonchia-Ebubu-Ogale-East West Link Road is a landmark project.

“We are here for the flag-off the construction of a landmark project. This project is 10.3 kilometres long, it will have drains on both sides, making it a total 20.6 kilometres length of drains. The size of the drains is 1 metre by 1.2 metres cross-sectionally, 150 millimetres thickness of wall and 150 millimetres base concrete.

“It will have 12 culverts at various sections, we are going to do a very serious soil replacement between 500 millimetres and 1.2 metres height. The road is going to have an average width of 8 metres because we expect a lot of vehicular movements on the road when completed.

“We are going to have 150 millimetres thickness of stone base materials, 050, compacted. 60 millimetres thickness of binder course and 40 millimetres thickness of wearing course,” the Commissioner stated.