President Muhammadu Buhari has been commended for approving the contract for the construction of the Bonny/Bomu Road in Rivers State.
The commendation was made in a letter of appreciation made available to The Daily Times and signed by Chief George Tolofari, a former Transport Commissioner, under the administration of Mr Chibuike Amaechi, the current Minister of Transport.
Tolofari said that Rivers people and the All Progressive Congress (APC), family were excited by the news of the signing of the Bonny/Bomu Road which, according to him “was long overdue given the economic relevance of the community to the nation and the importance of that road to the residents of those within the region.”
He thanked President Buhari for his show of concern, love, appreciation and strict adherence to the APC campaign promises, noting that he had shown commitment to the people of the South-South region.
He stated: “The project will open the gateway for economic growth and diversification of the economy of Bonny and its environs. Due to this laudable commitment, there will be drastic reduction in boat mishaps which have taken the lives of countless people, old and young, and has barred many from coming down to engage in meaningful businesses for the benefit of those in the region and Nigeria at large for the fear of losing their lives and properties to pirates or boat mishaps.
“Industries have also gotten a gateway and coupled with the uninterrupted power supply enjoyed by residents and indigenes of the community, the improvement in the economy of our homeland will know no bounds.”
The APC chieftain recalled that the project had been on the drawing board for a very long time even before the Obasanjo’s administration in 1999. He remarked: “On the 24th, Feb, 2014, a delegation of men of repute, high chiefs from Bonny Island led by the Amayanabo of Grand Bonny, King Edward Asimini William Dappa Pepple, paid a visit to the then President Goodluck Jonathan and he promised the revered monarch and his cabinet of the government’s commitment to re-award the contract. Regrettably, Dr Jonathan failed his people.”
Tolofari noted that while as governor, Mr Amaechi severally offered to take up the road project linking Bonny to other cities using state funds with the Federal Government signing documents agreeing to refund the state upon completion, but former President Jonathan ignored those calls.
The Rivers APC stalwart also hailed President Buhari’s crusade on the fight against corruption, which he said, had won Nigeria great respect within as well as international recognition beyond our shores. He said this was against what Nigeria had in the past 16 years when corruption was instituted as a way of life in the polity.
He stated: “With what you have achieved since assuming office as our President, we can now understand and appreciate why Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi insisted that we must follow you as the only tool that can salvage our nation from the mess that the country finds itself in the past years.
“In this regard, we cannot fail to mention and appreciate Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation and leader of the APC South-South, who is now being referred to by his people as “The Lion of Niger-Delta Politics, because of his antecedents and propagation of your ideals, vision and principles amongst us.”
Tolofari said that while appreciating President Buhari for fulfilling his campaign promises, it was important to also remind him of those that were yet to be fulfilled, especially the pressing need of the Niger-Delta region which is the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Train 7.
He said that if commenced, the project had the capacity to employ over 25,000 thousand workers.