Written by on June 24, 2021

Rivers State Government has flagged off the forty-two hectares of land reclamation in Abonnema/Obonoma in Akuku Toru Local Government Area.

Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike noted the importance of land to the people of Kalabari and directed his Special Adviser on Special Projects, to ensure that the expanse of land to be reclaimed was increased to fifty-two hectares as initially designed.

Governor Wike also directed the contractor to complete the work within eight months as against the proposed eleven months and announced another twenty percent approval of the contractual sum in addition to the fifty percent earlier approved.

The Governor who noted the support and commitment of Abonnema people to his administration, particularly during the 2019 election and the maythem unleashed on them emphasized that they would not be abandoned in the scheme of things.

He urged the people of the area to shun issues of inheritance and join hands to protect the project against any form of sabotage as well as ensure that the work is completed on record time for their overall benefit.

Flagging off the project, former Senate President, Senator Adolphus Wabara, described Governor Wike as the naked face of constructive opposition in the Country, pointing out that he has impacted positively on all the twenty-three local Government Areas of the State, touched the lives of everybody, including his perceived enemies.

Noting that development is all about pains and the ability of the people to bear it, Senator Wabara urged Rivers People to bear with the Governor over the various developmental projects that had brought pains to them as they would reap the benefit at the of the construction period.

He also urged Governor Wike not to use the sufferings Rivers People are facing due to by the ongoing construction work in the state to stop his vision for the State.

Earlier, in his project description the Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Projects, George Kelly said the project comprised the reclamation of four hundred and twenty thousand square meters of land translating to nine hundred and three plots of land, noting that fifty percent of the contractual sum has already been paid to the contractor.

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