Wike predicts turbulent year, signs 2022 budget of N483.1b into law
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday, predicted turbulent year 2022, even as he signed into law the Rivers State Appropriation Law No. 11, 2021 at the Executive Chamber of Government House, Port Harcourt.
The governor, after signing the appropriation bill, assured residents that his administration would mobilise resources to achieve 80 per cent implementation of the budget.
He hinted that as a political year, 2022 would be turbulent politically and would require so much attention, adding that his administration would remain focused on providing services to the state and its people.
He commended the state House of Assembly for the speedy passage of the budget.
Wike said: “By the grace of God, we’ll hit the ground running from January 1. And so we think that what you have done is to give support to the executive council to render good services to the people of the state.
“Next year will be politically turbulent and it will affect the performance of every budget. But I pray to God that it shouldn’t be much, so that we will be able to execute the necessary plans we have for our people.”
He stressed that the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill would have ripple effects on the polity, particularly if the National Assembly decides to override President’s position.
“I must sincerely thank and assure you that we will do all we can to make sure we achieve not less than 80 per cent of the implementation of the budget, believing that, God willing, we will get the necessary resources,” he stated.
Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, acknowledged the robust collaboration between the Executive and the Legislature, and noted that most critics of the projects by the Wike administration, particularly the flyovers, lacked knowledge about the overall derivable benefits.
According to him, there is a reduced travel time occasioned by the flyovers on Port Harcourt-Aba Expressway, which is real value added to the quantum of time used in doing business.
Presenting the Rivers State Appropriation Law No. 11, 2021 to the governor for his assent, leader of the House, Hon. Martins Amaewhule, said lawmakers sat, studied various estimates before passing the same.