Trade Union Congress TUC, Rivers State Chapter, has commended the state government for the ongoing rehabilitation of the Onne/Refinery Road in Eleme.
Mr Chika Onuegbu, the state Chairman of the union, made the commendation in a statement made available to the Newsmen in Port Harcourt.
Gov. Nyesom Wike recently commissioned the rehabilitation of the six-km stretch of the East-West road which leads to Port Harcourt Refinery and Onne Sea Port.
Wike said that road was being reconstructed at the cost of N3 billion under a public-private partnership arrangement.
He said that the road had been in a deplorable condition for years and needed urgent intervention.
The governor said the state government could not wait for the Federal Government to repair the road due to its importance to both the state and the nation’s economy.
“We cannot wait until the Federal Government intervenes; hence we decided to take the bull by the horn and partner with the investors. “Due to the impassable condition of the road, virtually all companies operating in the area are threatening to pullout.’’
Onuegbu, in his statement, described the rehabilitation of the Onne/Refinery road as a welcome development. “I must say that the work on the refinery/Onne road is a welcome development and quite commendable.
“Our members in the oil and gas sector are happy about it; that road has been a nightmare to our members who have to pass through the road to work.’’
The statement recalled that many members of the union, including some officers attended the meeting held on July 8 in Port Harcourt by boat due to the deplorable condition of the road.
“We have carried placards three times in 2012 and 2014 — in protest against the condition of the road and the threat it posed to the members.
‘’Unfortunately each time we protested, we were accused of partisanship but we were not deterred.
‘’In fact, we were about carrying out another protest before the good news trickled in and I must say that TUC is pleased,” it said.
It further urged PENGASSAN, NUPENG and IPMAN (oil and gas unions) Chairmen to ask their members to co-operate with the state government and the contractors, to ensure speedy completion of the road. NAN
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