Cleric hails inclusion of Trans-Kalabari Highway in 2021 budget


*Road proposal began in Odili time

By Codratus Godson

A cleric has commended Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State for including the much-touted Trans-Kalabari Highway in the 2021 budget.

The road first appeared in the Peter Odili years. At a point, N500m was said to have been paid to a Kalabari high chief but nothing was done on it. The clamour for the road has continued to this day

Now, Most Reverend Nimi Benson Fyneface, who gave a sermon at a funeral service of Chief Godwin Ngogo Alabraba in Abonnema on Saturday, December 5, 2020, said the road has appeared in the 2021 spending plan. He also used the forum to commend Gov Wike for changing the landscape of the state with developmental projects.

Chief Godwin Ngogo Alabraba in Abonnema The cleric who spoke on the theme: “The Hope of a Christian”, urged Christians to always believe in the redeemer, Jesus Christ as exemplified by the life of Job.

He commended the contribution of the late Chief Alabraba to the unity, peace, growth and development of the Lutheran Church in the country and Abonnema in particular.

Rev Fyneface said the late elder statesman fought a good fight as a peaceful man who always stood by the truth, feared God, kept the faith and has gone to be with the redeemer.

Gov Wike and other leaders of the State attended the funeral. The late Alabraba, who was a former Commissioner in the Rivers State Civil Service Commission, was the elder brother of the Chairman, Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority (GPHCDA), Chief Ferdinand Alabraba.

The funeral service was held at St Paul’s Nyemoni Lutheran Cathedral, Abonnema, Akuku-Toru LGA, Rivers State.

Governor Wike, in his condolence message to the bereaved family said: “It was with a very heavy heart that my wife and I received the sad news of the death of your elder brother and patriarch of the Alabraba family, Chief Godwin Ngogo Alabraba, JP, Oruwari VI and paramount head of Oruwari Briggs War canoe House of Abonnema.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and the Abonnema community at this period of grief.”

Governor Wike, recalled that late Chief Alabraba served Rivers State with dedication and contributed to its development as a civil servant, member of the Board of Directors of the defunct PABOD Finance and Investment Company and Commissioner in the Rivers State Civil Service Commission.

He described the deceased as a well respected family and community leader and elder statesman, whose tenure as the Chairman of Abonnema Council of Chiefs was marked by peace and progress.

“His death is a loss not only to his family and Abonnema community, but also to the entire Rivers State. But we thank God for a life’s race well run, a long and eventful life well lived and worthy legacies left behind for us to remember him.”

The governor urged the Alabraba family to accept the heartfelt condolences of the Government and people of Rivers State.

Chief Ferdinand Alabraba, lauded Governor Wike and all who attended the funeral of his elder brother for their show of love and support.

Present at the service were : the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Ikuinyi Ibani; Senator Sam Anyanwu; Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the State, Ambassador Desmond Akwor; Secretary to the State Government, Dr Tammy Danagogo; members of the State Executive Council, Kalahari chiefs  and several other dignitaries.