Today marks a momentous occasion in the history of Rivers State as the original Trans Kalabari road, stretching from Rumuolumeni to Bakana and Tombia, is officially commissioned. This monumental project, executed under the visionary leadership of Governor Siminalayi Fubara , will be flagged off today by His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, former President of Nigeria.

The Trans Kalabari road has long been a vital yet unfulfilled dream for the Kalabari people. Historically, the Kalabari region, known for its rich cultural heritage and economic potential, particularly in fishing and trading, was hampered by poor transportation links.

The idea of the Trans Kalabari road was conceived by the administration of Dr. Peter Otunaya Odili to bridge these gaps, aiming to connect various communities within the Kalabari kingdom and facilitate smoother movement of goods and people.

Upon completion, the Trans Kalabari road holds profound significance for several reasons:

  1. Economic Boost: The road is expected to invigorate local economies by improving access to markets, reducing transportation costs, and attracting investment. With better connectivity, local businesses, particularly in agriculture and fisheries, can expand their reach.
  2. Social Integration: Enhanced road networks foster greater social integration by connecting previously isolated communities. This connectivity will promote cultural exchange and cohesion among the diverse populations within the Kalabari kingdom.
  3. Tourism Potentials: With easier access to scenic and culturally significant sites, the Trans-Kalabari road has the potential to boost tourism, showcasing the rich heritage and natural beauty of the Kalabari region.
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Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s decision to embark on this gigantic project expresses his dedication and strategic vision for Rivers State. His Excellency recognizes the critical need for this infrastructure and has prioritized it despite various challenges, unveiling a broader agenda of infrastructural development and economic revitalization.

The Trans-Kalabari road is not just an infrastructural achievement but a symbol of hope and progress for the Kalabari people. It represents the power of vision, determination, and collaborative effort in overcoming longstanding challenges. As Governor Siminalayi Fubara and Former President Goodluck Jonathan performs the flag-off of this pivotal project, it is a time for celebration and optimism for a future filled with growth and opportunity for Rivers State.