Addressing newsmen over the weekend in Abonnema, the monarch noted that the road was very essential because it would serve as an alternative route in and out of the densely populated island.
King Gbobo Bob-Manuel said Abonnema is cosmopolitan and home to all Nigerians, regretting that people who come into the town for one business or the other, sometimes get stuck in traffic jam due to the narrowness of the only entry and exit road, but with the construction of the ring road with a connecting bridge, that narrative is now a thing of the past.
He observed that the project would be of greater value to Abonnema and Obonoma communities which share common boundaries.
The royal father expressed satisfaction with the directive of the governor to immediately begin sand filling and reclamation of the area, saying the move would not only expand the community's landmass, but also create opportunities for further developmental projects.
He stated that the governor has distinguished himself amongst his peers as a man who came prepared for the job, as seen in his massive infrastructural development which has continued to receive wide commendations from far and near.
The monarch urged Rivers people to continue to support the administration of Governor Wike, noting that it is biblical for citizens to support and pray for their leaders.
Governor Wike earlier said it was not the length of the ring road that mattered, but its importance to the people.
He stated the ring road would now serve as an alternative route in and out of Abonnema and Obonoma towns.
He also announced that the adjoining mangrove will be dredged to provide land to the people of Abonnema and Obonoma for future development.
"Having done this, the next thing for us to do is sand-filling so that they can have land to build on. I know how important land is to them.
"I therefore direct the Special Adviser on Special Projects to meet with the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) to make sure we award a contract of sand-filling of Abonnema - Obonoma areas," Gov Wike assured.
The project which was executed by an indigenous construction firm, O.K.I & Sons Nigeria Limited, was commissioned by former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ikweremadu.