By Precious Akutamadu, Port Harcourt.
Former Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has called for national unity, in efforts to confront the current security and economic challenges facing the country.
Mimiko made the call on Wednesday during the flag-off of construction work for the dualism of the Azikiwe-Iloabuchi Road in Mile 2, Diobu, Port Harcourt.
He noted that through bold legal actions, Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers had deepened national consciousness concerning the defective federal system, while advocating true federalism.
He said that Wike combined such national advocacy with effective political leadership, with which he had changed the physical landscape of Rivers.
Mimiko expressed hope that Wike would remain committed to the struggle to entrench a true federal system, which would engender real development across Nigeria.
“It is a mission that must be accomplished. It’s a mission for which you are specially positioned and favoured to play a major role in.
“It is a mission that must be subscribed to by all lovers of our country,” he said.
Earlier, Wike said that elders of the state like Chief Azubuike Nmerukini and Austin Opara, had mounted pressure on him to intervene on the road.
He explained that 80 per cent of the contract sum had been paid to the contractors, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc., because the project was billed for completion in six months.
He said that it would be the last of such projects to be executed within the Port Harcourt metropolis, in line with his promise of restoring the “Garden City status” of Port Harcourt, the state capital.
The governor gave the assurance that compensation for property marked for demolition because of the project would be paid in good time, so that nothing would delay its completion on schedule.
The Commissioner for Works, Dr Dakorinama George-Kelly, said that the road would take off the traffic from the Nkpolu-Oroworukwo Flyover onto Eagle Island and other parts of the state capital.
Also speaking, Mr Juergen Fischer, the South-South Regional Manager of Julius Berger, said that the company was delighted to have been engaged to execute the project.
He gave the assurance that the company would deliver quality job, as part of its commitment to the transformation agenda of the Wike-administration.