Governor Nyesom Wike Saturday, at the commissioning of the Rebisi Flyover, placed a passionate request at the doorstep of the Federal Government.

The Governor is asking for the refund of funds being spent on ongoing flyover projects that are springing up in parts of the State capital.

Speaking during the official commissioning of the Rebisi Flyover, Governor Wike said he was impressed by the leadership role exhibited by Mr Babatunde Fashola, particularly in the assessment of the State’s  application for the refund.

He also seized the opportunity to appeal to the Federal Government to consider the possibility of approving fresh refunds relating to monies that are being spent on the new flyover projects in Rivers State.

Governor Wike spoke about the resolve on the part of his administration to fulfil the promise it made to complete five flyovers.

“By December, we have to commission Okoro-Nu-Odu flyover”, the Governor noted.

“By February, we have to commission Rumuogba and Rumuola; by March-April, we will commission the GRA flyover” he stressed.

Also speaking, the Minister for Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), applauded the massive urban regeneration and renewal programme set in motion in Rivers State.

He said after visiting other project sites and taking a walk with Governor Wike on the 969. 4 metres’ long Rebisi Dual Carriage Flyover Bridge, “What I witnessed is a massive urban regeneration and urban renewal of Port Harcourt”.

Many here are particularly uncomfortable with the bid by the Rivers Governor to name major infrastructure after Ikwerre communities, but  Fashola patted him on the back, saying it was good to shake off the lethargy of the past.

“This place used to be known as Garrison. But, clearly as we begin to shed our military toga and our democracy ages and deepens, we will see a rebirth in our unity, our oneness and our shared developmental aspiration”, Fashola stated.

In the meantime, the governor says the flyover by CFC/Corpus Christi bus stop will be expanded to make it the sixth flyover project under construction.