It is time for politics of stomach infrastructure, says Wike – Nexus News

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has announced that it is time to concentrate on citizens’ welfare and politics.

Wike noted that his administration, having invested in physical infrastructure, which, according to him, is to bring economic development and engender socio-economic development, it was necessary to focus on the people, noting that his works have been attracting investors to the state.

The governor said: “Now that we have done virtually everything we have promised Rivers people, this is the time now we have to play politics of stomach infrastructure.”

He said this, yesterday, at the inauguration of the Oro-Abali Flyover at Kaduna Street Junction along the Port Harcourt-Aba Expressway in Port Harcourt.

A communique by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, quoted the governor as stating that nobody could say that his administration had not delivered projects, improved security and incited peaceful coexistence within the state.

“People think when you are in government, from first day, you should be sharing money. I said I wouldn’t do that.(sic)

Gov. Wike

“I have to work for the people of the state. Now that we have worked, the remaining period will be to feed your stomach,” he said.

Wike depicted welfare as an important area of governance as it means empowerment of the people economically, stating: “There is time for everything. Now, the time has come. We have to start to empower our people. The empowerment is for those who have been patient.

“As a government, when there is unemployment, some people bring out what they called welfare scheme to be able to cushion the level of poverty in the society. That is what we are going to apply here.”(sic)

Performing the inauguration of the Oro-Abali Flyover project, Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, disclosed that he was excited to commission yet another beautiful project of Governor Wike, delivered to resolve critical transportation problems in the area.

“What he is doing in terms of urban renewal is something I can say is only comparable to what is in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

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“The difference is that this is being planned in a manner that is really judiciously using Rivers money without any burden of loan.”

Rivers State Commissioner of Works, Elloka Tasie-Amadi, noted that Oro-Abali Flyover was undertaken by Wike’s administration to address vehicular traffic situation in Port Harcourt and its environs.

He explained that the dualized flyover would make transportation easier, support and promote commerce as well as serve as a foundation for opportunities that would engender wealth creation.

The Managing Director of Julius Berger, Lars Richter, applauded the Rivers State government for giving the company the opportunity to be part of the current infrastructure transformation of the state.

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