Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Saturday, inaugurated the Obiri-Ikwerre-Airport Road in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, constructed by the Governor Nyesom Wike administration.
Saraki also laid the foundation stone of the Second Train of the Indorama Eleme Fertiliser Plant project in the Eleme Local Government Area of the state.
Inaugurating the road project, Saraki said infrastructure could always be counted on to improve the economic, social, and developmental status of any community.
“That is why today’s inauguration of the Obiri Ikwerre-Airport Road is significant; and I congratulate the people of the state for the greater access they and other Nigerians will enjoy as a result,’’ he added.
On the Indorama Eleme Fertiliser plant project, Saraki commended Wike for always being at the vanguard of laudable and economically viable initiatives in the state.
He said, “In a country with unprecedented poverty levels, the much needed emphasis on agriculture and agro-allied sector as a means of ensuring a trickle-down effect of resources has been slow and far from forthcoming.’’
“It is my belief that the success of this project will lay the groundwork that other states can emulate across the agriculture value-chain, so as to not only strengthen their respective internally generated revenues but also create employment and support the agro movement in the country.’’
The Senate President tacitly endorsed Wike for a second term when he declared that the governor would be in office in 2021 when the Train 2 of the fertiliser plant would be launched.
In his address, Wike declared that $3.2 billion had been invested by Indorama Eleme Petrochemical Limited over the years, describing the amount as the highest investment by any foreign investor in the last 25 years.
The governor wondered why anyone would say the state was not safe for investments, when the foreign direct investment by Indorama had hit $3.2bn.
Also, the Managing Director of Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited, Mr. Manish Mundra, said the fertiliser plant was replication of the first train, which also had capacity for 1.5 million metric tonnes.