By PRECIOUS IBINABO DAVIDS, Port Harcourt
Senate President Bukola Saraki has commissioned the iconic Obiri-Ikwerre Airport Road in Port Harcourt, with the declaration that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has made Nigerians proud through the signature project.
According to a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, commissioning the Obiri-Ikwerre Airport Road reconstructed by Governor Wike on Saturday night , the Senate President noted that the road is important because it will enhance investment opportunities in the state.
He said: “This is a road that is significant in the sense that it is from here that investors will come into the state.
“If you stand here and look across, you will be proud to be a Nigerian. Looking up there, I can see Nigeria is working and it can work better”.
He said from the projects commissioned in Rivers State within the period, it is obvious that Governor Wike is focused with the Rivers people fully in support of him.
He urged Nigerians not to lose focus and hope, saying that the country will eventually work.
“We are determined that there will be peace in this country. Those that don’t do the right thing will be sanctioned for not doing the right thing.
“We are determined that from every part of the country, this country belongs to us”, he said.
He regretted that three years were wasted trying to fight him. He noted that the three wasted years would have been used for the development of Nigeria.
Saraki charged Nigerians to continue to fight for the development of the country. He declared that Rivers State is safe for major investments as exemplified by the presence of Indorama.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike stated that with the Senate President, Nigerians irrespective of their political affiliation, will continue to fight the forces of darkness.
He called for the upholding of the rule of law across all tiers of government, saying that is the only way to attain progress in the country.
He said: “Any Government that does respect the rule of law is the most corrupt government. This is because you cannot fight corruption without the rule of law “.
While berating the Federal Authorities for using EFCC to illegally probe the finances of Rivers State despite a subsisting court judgement yet to be vacated by a higher court, Governor Wike condemned the Executive Order on corruption which he said is unconstitutional.
Governor Wike told the Senate President that his political party, the APC, has not kept her promises to Nigerians.
He thanked the Senate President for commissioning the 12.2 kilometre dual carriageway, stating that despite distractions his administration continues to deliver meaningful projects.
He said before the reconstruction of the Obiri-Ikwerre Airport Road by his administration, the road had been impassable due to abandonment.
Governor Wike who congratulated the Senate President on his victory at the Supreme Court, said that Rivers people will always stand by him. He said that the frame-up of the Senate President for armed robbery has negative consequences for the country.
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose said PDP is behind Senate President Bukola Saraki.
He told the Senate President that APC is now a spent vehicle that can no longer take him to the expected destination. He said it was high time the Senate President returned to the vibrant PDP.
Rivers State Works Commissioner, Mr Dum Dekor said that the Obiri-Ikwerre Airport Road is a 12 2kilometre route that is an architectural masterpiece.
Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Solomon Eke said Rivers people will re-elect Governor Wike in 2019 because of his outstanding developmental strides.
General Overseer of Omega Power Ministry, Apostle Chinyere Chibuzor said there is rejoicing in heaven and Rivers State because a righteous man is on the throne.