Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers state has assured the people continued service delivery by his administration.
The governor in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, Thursday, quoted the governor as giving the assurance while inspecting some ongoing projects in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt local government areas of the state on Wednesday.
He explained that the quantum of civil construction work undertaken by his administration in developing the state might be cost intensive but the overall benefits remained the driving force.
Projects inspected included the 11th flyover site at Location Junction along Mgbuogba – NTA Road, the site for the 12th flyover at Rumuokuta round about, the dualisation of Azikiwe Street-Illoabuchi Road and the sand-filled land in Ogbunuabali Town.
Governor Wike explained that the inspection became necessary in order to ascertain the impact the projects would have on the socio-economic life of the residents within the areas.
“One of the reasons why we came is to see the impact of the roads and the flyovers. Of course, when the valuers brought the compensation report, we felt that it was too huge. So, we decided to go and see things for ourselves.
“But when we got there, we understood that a lot of buildings will be impacted and that requires us to compensate the owners of those houses heavily. But it is worth it in order to give Port Harcourt the facelift required and to transform the landscape of the area,” he said.
Governor Wike said despite the attendant cost implication of undertaking the projects, his administration has paid 80 percents for the road dualisation to the contractor, Julius Berger, which is also handling the two new flyovers.