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EFCC is harassing contractors in Rivers, Wike cries out

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has accuses the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of harassing contractors executing State projects.

Wike alleged that the EFCC was acting a script on behalf of the All Progressives Congress led Federal Government which ought to be encouraging his administration.

The governor at the commissioning of Abacha Road in Government Reservation Area Phase 3, Port Harcourt yesterday, said EFCC has started inviting contractors executing projects in the state to inquire if the projects are real.

Wike regretted that the EFCC and the APC led Federal Government are working desperately to distract the Rivers State Government, but to no avail.

“EFCC are now inviting our contractors to inquire if the projects we are executing are fake or real. Instead of encouraging us to continue with our good works, they are working desperately to distract us. EFCC should go to non-performing states. I want to tell our contractors that we are not afraid because we are doing the right thing for the people of Rivers State,” he said.

It will be recalled that Governor Wike had recently accused the EFCC of wanting to block accounts of the Rivers State government under the pretense of investigating alleged use of some state accounts for money laundering. But EFCC South-South zonal head, Nnaghe Obono Itam, had denied the claim.

The governor explained that Rivers State is witnessing real development, and that this has been the primary factor that has continued to spur him to invite prominent Nigerians with pedigree to inspect and commission key projects.

Wike urged the people to protect projects in the area, saying that the State Government will not tolerate street trading on newly constructed roads.

He said that the reconstructed Abacha Road has created the right environment for businesses to thrive and commended the businesses along the route for supporting the contractor by supplying their workers food.

He urged the people to continue to pay their taxes for the administration to deliver more projects for the people.

The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe lauded Governor Wike for transforming the state through the execution of pro-people projects. He also described the state as fortunate to have Wike at the helms of affair.

Achebe stated that he was happy that the state where he grew up is being transformed through prudent management of resources.

“This is home-coming for me; I’m a stakeholder in this city, I have businesses here.”


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