Va­cate build­ings marked for de­mo­li­tion, Wike tells res­i­dents

The Punch - - NEWS - Chuk­wudi Akasike, Port Har­court

GOVER­NOR Nye­som Wike of Rivers State has called on traders and res­i­dents to co­op­er­ate with the state govern­ment to de­liver the Re­bisi, Ru­muogba and Oko­ronu-odo fly­overs on sched­ule.

Wike on Thurs­day moved from shop to shop at Re­bisi (for­mer Gar­ri­son) and Ru­muogba (for­mer Ar­tillery) fly­over sites, ap­peal­ing to the traders and res­i­dents to va­cate the build­ings marked for de­mo­li­tion.

He said, “I have come to speak to them; let them ap­pre­ci­ate our ef­forts bet­ter. Now, times are hard, but they have to un­der­stand with us.

“I took it upon my­self to per­son­ally ex­plain to them that the time we no­ti­fied them has elapsed. But I have ex­tended it to Tues­day next week, af­ter which de­mo­li­tion will start. I am here be­cause I don’t want Julius Berger to give ex­cuses. These bridges must be de­liv­ered on sched­ule.”

Wike said though the ex­er­cise was painful, res­i­dents must con­trib­ute to en­sure that the fly­overs were de­liv­ered.

“I am here to per­son­ally ap­peal to the peo­ple be­cause I feel their pain. But this is a sac­ri­fice ev­ery­one must make for the state to move for­ward.

“To do three fly­overs at the same time is not an easy task. There­fore, we must work hard to achieve the tar­get. The tar­get is that Julius Berger must hand over the three fly­overs on Fe­bru­ary 20, 2021.

“It is about one year from now; the time will elapse and peo­ple will start say­ing noth­ing was done. We don’t want such a sit­u­a­tion,” the gover­nor added.

Wike said the state govern­ment had paid com­pen­sa­tion to the own­ers of the marked houses, point­ing out that they were duly no­ti­fied that the de­mo­li­tion would take place.

He, how­ever, said he de­cided to visit the traders to give the en­tire process a hu­man face.

“I am here to give this con­struc­tion process a hu­man face. You sup­ported me, but this is for the good of the peo­ple,” he said.

Wike was ac­com­pa­nied by the of­fi­cials of the Rivers State Min­istry of Works and en­gi­neers of Julius Berger Nige­ria Plc.

The gover­nor also in­spected on­go­ing re­con­struc­tion of ma­jor roads in the Old GRA of Port Har­court.

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