Again, Wike laments FG’s marginalisation of Rivers State
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has again, lamented Federal Government’s marginalisation of the state, saying several years after awarding the N120b Bodo-Bonny Road, it had failed to release its counterpart funding.
Wike made the assertion assertion a the reception organised by the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to welcome All Progressives Congress (APC) members who defected to PDP, insisting that rather than release it counterpart fund, government allowed the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) to finance the project.
“Since they started the Bonny-Bodo Road, what has happened? As we speak, the Federal Government has not released its counterpart funding for the road. Now, NLNG said we should do the road and then deduct it from the tax we pay to the Federal Government. Is it how they have been doing in other states? He asked.
In a statement issued by his Media Assistant, Kelvin Ebiri, the governor stated that his administration’s achievements had humbled other political parties in the state.
Those who defected to the PDP are, include former Director of Finance and Administration of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Henry Ogiri, APC administrative officer in the South-South, Gloria Boma, Lolo Ibieneye and Hassan Douglas.
Wike noted that prior to 2015, the APC promised to transform the country, fix the East West Road and provide good governance, but, on the contrary, he said the APC has continued to give excuses for its failure after orchestrating the removal of President Goodluck Jonathan from office.
“Are things better today? So, why do you allow people to tell you lies. How long can you continue to listen to APC lies,” he queried, maintaining that the ruling party had nothing for Nigerians and that the conspiracy to remove Jonathan as president, was unfortunate.
He noted that ahead of the 2023 general elections, the APC again, started making false promises to build a University of Transport, develop a Deep Sea Port and Industrial Park in the state.
Governor Wike said the PDP was the only hope for Nigerians and congratulated the defectors on their courage to return to the party and assured them that they would be accorded the same privileges as other party members.
Speaking, state Chairman of PDP, Desmond Akawor, noted that no local government area in the state was without any development projects under Governor Wike’s administration, adding that his development projects had continued to endear the people to the PDP in the state.
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