Ex militant leaders from the Kalabari speaking areas have been described as rifraffs and common criminals who should never be allowed to speak for the people.

The Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike who was in Degema to Flag off the construction of the Trans Kalabari Road did not mention names.

But Wike said the Kalabaris were blessed with highly enlightened and educated men and women who could be trusted to communicate the position of their ethnic nation on matters of great public interest.

He said it was absurd that persons living off stipends from the Amnesty Office, and earnings from kidnapping were masquerading as leaders of thought.

 Wike urged the Chiefs and people to take ownership of the Trans Kalabari Road and ensure that the contractors are protected from Kidnappers and others who may nurse ambitions to stall construction work.

He also directed the contractors to engage the services of the local people, especially in the supply of materials required for the execution of the project.

Wike explained that he was determined to complete the first phase of the project, saying the Trans Kalabari road would be funded monthly from internally generated revenue.

According to the payment plan drawn up, one billion naira would be released monthly from the treasury to ensure that work goes on at the site.

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Speaking during the occasion, Chief Ferdinand Anabraba thanked the Governor for the good work he is doing in the Kalabari areas.

He said the projects that are being executed were chosen by the Kalabaris and assured the visitor that the people would continue to support him.

The chief who is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the PDP said the governor was gradually emerging as one of the best in the country.