26 March 2017, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has said that nobody will be allowed to stop the progress of construction work at the Bille/Bonny jetty.
The governor made the assurance while addressing youths at the project site in the backdrop of their refusal to be employed by the contractor, preferring to act as stumbling block to the smooth execution of the project.
Wike explained that the project was for the overall benefit of the residents of the area and the riverine communities of Bonny Island, Bille and Nembe in neighbouring Bayelsa State.
Stating that further efforts would be made to ensure that the youths bought-into the project, Wike noted that if such efforts failed, his administration would take stronger measures to protect the contractor to deliver the project on schedule.
“This project is crucial to our improvement of marine transport to Bonny, Bille and other adjoining riverine communities.
“We are determined to complete the project on schedule. Therefore, we will not tolerate any youth disrupting work at the Bille/Bonny jetty under construction. We will take measures to protect the contractor to deliver on this project”.
The governor expressed satisfaction with the quality of work done so far by the contractor, assuring of regular payment for milestones achieved and the protection of the workforce.
The rehabilitation of the Bille/Bonny jetty was conceived by the Wike administration to improve the safety and security of marine transport along that route.