Revisiting Amaechi’s huge road infrastructure in Rivers, by Victor Tombari Giadom

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Infrastructure refers to the basic facilities and systems that serve an area, a city, region or country. It includes the facilities necessary for the proper functioning of the economy.
It may also refer to the physical components of interrelated systems providing services essential to enable, sustain or enhance societal living conditions.
They include technical structures like roads, bridges, water supply, sewers, electrical grids, telecommunication etc. Infrastructure is thus a key pillar of economic growth of any modern society and a catalyst for economic development.
It follows therefore that the economic growth and development of any modern society is tied to the level of its infrastructural development since infrastructure is the base for the development. And Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi appreciated this more than anybody and that was the basis of his stewardship in Rivers State.

Even with sizable coastal areas and Islands, road transportation is the most common mode of transport in Rivers State. Therefore, from the inception of his tenure as the Governor of Rivers State in October 2007, Amaechi directed efforts and deployed significant resources of the state towards the development of infrastructure.
Against the backdrop of this commitment, the administration articulated its vision with respect to the road sector as “A Rivers State where all communities are accessible by quality roads…” This vision by emphasizing quality roads implicitly acknowledged the finding of a study that there is a strong positive correlation between the economic development and the quality of the road network of an area.
Road serves many socio-economic functions. As a former United States Senator Christopher Dodd, an apostle of infrastructure development, noted highways, roads, bridges are an indispensable part of our lives.
They link one end of our nation (state) to the other. We use them each and every day, for every conceivable purpose. But quality also matters. Good and reliable road network …Read More

Source:: New Mail