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Wike asks FG to show evidence of money borrowed from creditors

By Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt
10 December 2021   |   4:08 am
Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has challenged the Federal Government to show evidence where it deployed money borrowed from external creditors.

Managing Director Julius Berger, Engr Lars Ritcher (right); Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike; Former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko; Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo and Speaker of Rivers State, Ikuninyi-Owaji Ibani at the commissioning of Rumuola Flyover in Port Harcourt…yesterday.

• As former Mimiko inaugurates Rumuola Flyover
Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has challenged the Federal Government to show evidence where it deployed money borrowed from external creditors.

Wike made the demand at the inauguration of Rumuola Flyover Bridge that was performed by former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, yesterday, in Port Harcourt.

The governor, according to a statement by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, also stated that his administration is propelled by love and commitment to service, which is why it is working assiduously and deploying the state’s resources judiciously, for the good of Rivers people.

“It is very clear that governance is not by magic. It is all about commitment. It’s all about your love for your people and your country.

“This country has enormous resources to change the lives of our people. Nobody should give excuses. Like we would always say, if you don’t have it, you don’t have it.

“So, all these stories that you borrowed money from here and there, let us see what the money is being used for. If we borrowed money, we are showing Rivers people what we used that money to do.”

Wike said he was preoccupied with duties of governance and rendering service to the people who elected him.

Mimiko spoke about the need to restructure Nigeria because, according to him, it would lead to a just, productive and prosperous nation.

He noted that restructuring is also about policies and actions towards getting Nigerian children off the streets into schools for the right kind of education.

“It is also not about Niger Delta oil and gas alone. After all, with the present state of climate change consciousness and concomitant investment in renewables, fossil fuel may sooner than later become truly fossil and outdated.”

Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Elloka Tasie-Amadi, said the Rumuola Flyover Bridge project that was awarded on the 2nd of July 2020 to Julius Berger Nigeria PLC was completed by August 2021.

Tasie-Amadi pointed out that within the period the civil works lasted, there were road closures, traffic diversions, gridlocks, deployment of equipment and workers.

“This flyover measures 532m from Ramp to Ramp with the suspended section being 292m long. Service lanes on either side of the bridge are 8.3m wide and 858.4m long. The entire project is adorned with street lighting and traffic control fixtures.”