Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has declared that he would not play politics with the construction of roads in the state because of the need to develop the economies of neglected communities in the state.
Addressing members of the Nigerian Guild of Editors during a project tour on Saturday, Governor Wike said that his administration resolved to build roads to create the right environment for businesses to flourish in Rivers State.
“Only contractors with the equipment and capacity will handle our road projects. We are constructing roads that will stand the test of time.
“We had to connect different communities in four local government areas, Obio/Akpor, Ikwerre and Eleme, because we met damaged roads which hampered economic activities.
“With careful planning, we completed key roads and bridges that lead to economic centres in the state. We are reaping the benefits as a people. Therefore, I will never play politics with the construction of roads because they are vital to our recovery process.”
He added that because of the topography of Rivers State, the government has directed contractors to use sharp sand to compact roads instead of laterite.