South-South Governors Performance & Ranking on Infrastructure Development
Summary: The governors of the south-south region, have not been able to adequately utilize their positions and revenues including the 13% derivative from the federation account, to make impact on the life and living standard of the people of the region.
Akwa Ibom State – Udom Emmanuel
Governor Udom Emmanuel is in his second term in office, and he has infrastructure development as one of his key focus areas. But it seems the governor is not living up to that statement.
Since he came to office in 2015, the governor can boast of one major road project, the Ekomiman to Etinan-Onna road but it seems the project has been abandoned.
Roads like Abak road, Calabar-Itu high way, Atiku Abubakar, and a host of other roads built by former governors Atta and Akpabio, some as old as 18years are all in good conditions without any form of maintenance done on them. But some roads constructed within the Uyo industrial area about a year ago, by governor Udom, have developed potholes.
Even the road he started in 2015 that leads to Onna his village is no longer passable. All the solid roads one sees in the state today are the ones built by Atta and Akpabio.
Most of the street lights installed by former governors Atta and Akpabio are no longer functional and up till the time of compiling this report, the current governor seems not to notice them.
For a governor that has been in office for close to six years, his most significant project seems to be the construction of the 21 storey commercial office complex in the central business district of Uyo, the state capital.
He has revamped a couple of hospitals, and built a 300-bed space isolation center in Ituk Mbang and but those are not major, considering their scale.
Considering the volume of revenues the state has received so far, and the standards his predecessors have set, this is not adequate.
Verdict – Governor Udom Emmanuel is on BROWN on infrastructure development at the time of this report; however, we will observe his performance and report periodically.
Bayelsa State – Douye Diri
Governor Douye Diri, came into office in February 2020, after the Supreme Court nullified the election of David Lyon as the winner of the governorship election that took place in the state in 2019.
Since then, he has been going in and out of courts. Either due to the court cases or for some other reasons which GR cannot determine at this point, it seems the governor has not embarked on any infrastructure project in his one year in office, except the expansion of Tombia roundabout, in the state capital, which the residents claimed has not changed anything, since they still experience heavy traffic congestion on that road.
Verdict – Governor Douye Diri is on RED on infrastructure development at the time of this report; however, we will observe his performance and report periodically.
Cross River – Benedict Ayade
All that you see in Cross River state today, in terms of infrastructure, are the projects done by former governors Donald Duke and Imoke, especially Donald Duke.
Since he took the oath of office in 2015, Governor Ben Ayade has been trying to dualize a 10km road that leads from Calabar to Odukpani. The original timeline for the completion of that project was 13weeks, but it is over 5years now and that road is still nowhere near completion. In fact, putting a car that is not an SUV on that road is not advisable.
He conceived and started a couple of flagship projects – the Cross River state deep seaport, which seem to have been abandoned, and the super high way, that is meant to link the deep seaport in Bakassi to the northern part of the country via Benue state, but experts are of the opinion that the project is only about five percent completed, and we suspect the project may not be completed before the end of the governor’s tenure.
Another project the governor spoke so much about is the garment factory but right now the place seems desolate Calachicka – the Cross River poultry and poultry products factory is another project that the governor advertised heavily, however, the residents are having mixed feelings concerning its operation and level of production.
The rural roads have gotten no attention, even the governor’s kinsmen are not happy with the condition of the roads leading to their communities.
Verdict – Governor Ben Ayade is on RED on infrastructure development at the time of this report; however, we will observe his performance and report periodically.
Delta State – Ifeanyi Okowa
Governor Ifeanyi Chukwu Okowa is doing his second term in office and from reports and what the residents said, he seems to have done slightly better than his predecessor, governor Emmanuel Uduagha especially in the area of roads.
The governor has constructed some roads in the three senatorial zones of the state. He built roads in Delta North, his senatorial zone, and a few in Delta Central, but not much was done in Delta South, probably due to the fact that the south is a riverine area, however, we cannot confirm the exact reason.
He did some water drainage projects in Asaba, the state capital, though the water flooding in the city still persists, though not as before the project.
But in other areas like health, schools, and other infrastructure, the governor seems not to have done much.
Verdict – Governor Okowa is on BROWN on infrastructure development at the time of this report; however, we will observe his performance and report periodically.
Edo State – Godwin Obaseki
Governor Godwin Obaseki just won his second term in office, last year. Some residents say he won it on the strength of his first term performance, while others are on a different page and are of the opinion that it was out of sympathy aided by internal party wrangling within the opposition.
He has done some roads in the state, such as the Iriri – Oghehe link road, Iriri – Amansa road, Ugbo – Amankpa road, re-construction of Irediawa link road, leading to Upper, and the dualization of Ring road to Ekenwa barracks is currently under construction.
There is the Oshomo power project that is meant to supply 24/7 electricity to government offices and some business hubs.
He is also renovating some of the schools that Governor Oshomole built. But it is important to note that most of the education infrastructures in the state today were built by his predecessor, former governor Adams Oshomole.
Verdict – Governor Godwin Obaseki is on AMBER on infrastructure development at the time of this report; however, we will observe his performance and report periodically.
Rivers State – Nyesom Wike
Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, the second-term governor of Rivers state seems to have done relatively better than his colleagues in the south-south region. Though, the infrastructural development footprints of his predecessor former governor Rotimi Amechi still litter the entire landscape of the state.
For anyone that has stayed or visited Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers state, one feature of the city is a very annoying, road traffic congestion, but with what the governor is doing, those days may be over. He has built long stretch flyovers across major junctions and dualized some major roads in the city, which are the major flashpoints for traffic congestions.
He has constructed a flyover that stretches across first and second artillery junctions, on Aba road, another at garrison junction, one at GRA junction, one at Rumuokoro, the existing one at Rumuola is being expanded, there is another long stretch flyover around the Ikwerre road end of Ikoku, and yet another one that is starting on Ada George.
There is ongoing road and bridge construction that will link Okirika from trans-Amadi. The one linking Akpajo from the same trans-Amadi has been completed. A road expansion (dual carriage) from stadium road through mummy B and mopol 19 barracks and entering into Tombia have been completed.
In all these construction giants such as Julius Berger and RCC are the ones handling these projects.
However some of his critics are not denying the fact that he is working, they are of the opinion that most of his infrastructure projects are concentrated within the city, excluding the rural areas.
Verdict – Governor Nyesom Wike is on GREEN on infrastructure development at the time of this report; however, we will observe his performance and report periodically.
1. Governor Nyesom Wike – Rivers State
Unfortunately, only Governor Nyesom Wike made it to this ranking
1. Governor Benedict Ayade – Cross River
2. Governor Douye Diri – Bayelsa State