* Gov says indigenous companies too are executing projects
By Codratus Godson
A fourth flyover is coming in a row after the first three being built with N21Bn by Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, the governor has said. The fourth is to be at GRA Junction on Aba Road, an indication that traffic grid on the busy Aba Road would get more relief, in a short time.
In addition, the Rumuola Flyover, also on same Aba Road in the Garden City, is to be expanded to accommodate additional vehicular traffic.
These new projects would complement Rebisi, Rumuogba and Okoro-nu-Odo Flyover projects which have reached advanced stages of completion.
Gov Wike disclosed while addressing journalists during an inspection tour of projects executed by Julius Berger Nigeria in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor local council areas of the state.
Gov Wike who was accompanied by the Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Lars Richter, also inspected the urban renewal programme of his administration at both the Old and New Government Reservation Areas.
The governor while noting that work would soon be completed in most of the ongoing projects also promised to dualize Mummy B Road (Mopol Road) to Stadium Road to ease the flow of traffic in the city.
He stated that his decision to embark on projects even at a time the state government was fighting COVID-19 is because people would still need basic infrastructure to improve their lives after the pandemic.
Gov Wike debunked the impression that only Julius Berger Nigeria are executing projects in the state, pointing out that there are other notable indigenous contractors that are working for the state government.
Some of the indigenous companies executing the state government projects according to the Governor include, Lubrik Construction Company Limited, Wellman and Wellington Construction Company Limited, VKF Construction Company and Roadmap Construction Company.
He expressed satisfaction with the level of work done at the various projects sites in the state and said the projects would be delivered within schedule.
The governor said that his administration would invest in building standard hospitals to discourage medical tourism.
Also speaking, the Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Lars Richter, assured the state governor that the company would deliver the three flyover projects as promised during the signing of the contract.
He commended the governor for his good management of COVID-19 crisis which has also impacted positively on the level of work done by his company.
Other projects inspected by the governor include, the new Government House Clinic /Administrative Building, dualization of Olumeni Street in Old GRA, dualization of Tombia, Emeyal, Elelenwo Streets in New GRA, the Judges Quarters and the Mother and Child Hospital.