As the Rivers State Government signed contract with Julius Berger PLC for the flag-off of the Port Harcourt Ring Road which will transverse 6 out of the 23 local government areas in the state, residents of the state are applauding Governor Siminalayi Fubara for having the courage to undertake what they described as a gigantic project.
According to the residents who spoke to National Network, when the Port Harcourt Ring Road is completed, massive developments would come to the state, as investors would take advantage offered by the project to invest in the state.
“Massive investments which the Ring Road Project will engender in the state will open up job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths, empowering them economically,” Chikwe Anaekwe said.
To some other residents, the Ring Road project when completed will further reduce traffic hold-ups which is a regular feature of Port Harcourt, although Wike’s flyovers have brought it to a manageable level.
“The Ring Road means, many motorists will boycott the normal routes and take the Ring Road, and by so doing reduce the volume of traffic,” Edith Attah said and thanked Governor Fubara for having the courage to implement it.
For Leene Biranee, the Ring Road Project would beautify Rivers State, making it a pointer to modernity. According to him, ring roads are part of projects that confer modernity on a country, state, stressing that the completion of the project would turn Governor SimFubara to a great achiever.
OkechukwuUwa said the Ring Road will decongest Port Harcourt as businesses will move to the other local government areas where the project transverse. “It’s part of the new cities that had been in the pipelines for a long time,” he said.
Governor Fubara at a ceremony marking the signing of the contract for the project, had said his administration is in a hurry to develop new cities and that the construction of the Port Harcourt Ring Road Project will facilitate the achievement of that objective with enduring quality infrastructure provided for the people.
It is not however only on the Ring Road project that Governor Sim Fubara is held up for eulogies.
He equally got standing ovation on the recent free buses he commissioned as part of palliatives he has rolled out to ease the transportation problems facing the masses of Rivers State as a result of the high cost of petrol.
If you recall, Governor Fubara is one of the governors to first announce the commissioning of such free buses in the country.
Not only would the free buses benefit the civil servants in low grades, but it would benefit the poor masses who run low cadre businesses in the state.
Rivers poor masses who are part of the beneficiaries of the laudable project, have been thanking the Rivers State Chief Executive for coming on time to ease their transportation problems.
One of them, Mama Oluchi who sells food condiments at Oil Mill Market said the free buses would help her a lot as she would now save N800 she spends every day from Borokiri to Oil Mill.
“My children that are in school will also benefit from our Governor’s free buses. I will now concentrate on giving them money for snacks. I wouldn’t bother for transport fares to and fro again,’ she said and thanked Governor Fubara profusely.