The ancient kingdom of Opobo in Rivers State was thrown into jubilation on Monday after Governor Niesom Vicke announced that the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo Unity Road Opobo axis would be completed in January 2021.
He said the road would attract development to the kingdom, although he donated AD 50 million to build a suitable palace for King Jaji of Opobo.
Vic spoke at a ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Opobo Kingdom in the city of Opobo.
The governor, who expressed his satisfaction that the residents of Opobo have announced that their friends and guests can now ride the road to attend the kingdom’s 150th anniversary, pledged that the road will be open in January 2021.
“As you drive out of the Ogoni area, you will see that we have completed the first stage of the Sakpenwa-Bory road; complete dualization. We now believe that in the second phase it will move to Kono with streetlights installed.
“This will facilitate movement and reduce the crime rate in this place. We are glad that you can drive from Bori and in five minutes you are heading to Opobo.
“When this road is completed, it will bring development. I’m glad I made a promise to the people of Opobo. We are confident that by the end of January 2021 we will return to the completion of the road, ”he said.
The governor said his administration will continue to support the kingdom’s development plans that will make their lives easier.
Amayanabo of the Kingdom of Opobo, King of Dundeson Judja, said that sitting Opobo on the banks of the Imo River was a well-calculated plan in 1870 because the kingdom strategically became a major trading settlement to compete with Lagos in Nigeria’s international trade.
He said the Nigerian government has not recognized Opobo’s existing business potential since then.
Source: – Punch ng