The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has advised the Minister of Transportation and former Governor of the state, Rotimi Amaechi to face his job with the Federal Government and allow the state focus on rebuilding instead of distracting its people.
Wike issued the warning, on Thursday, at the opening speech of a two-day retreat organised for his key officials tagged, “strengthening capacity, efficiency and service delivery for sustainable development” held in the state.
According to him, the responsibility of reviving the state after the immediate past administration failed to use the three trillion naira (N3trillion) that accrued to the state under its watch is enormous.
He said, “I call on the former Governor and leader of the APC in the State to accept the reality that the re-run elections has woefully been lost by his party and that Rivers people have, again, overwhelmingly re-affirm their confidence, trust and preference for the PDP.
“Therefore, spare us the agony of unnecessary hostility and allow Rivers State to move forward in peace and security. We expect you to use your high office and connections to attract meaningful development projects to the State as I did during my time; not senseless and unpatriotic distractions. Enough is enough.
“All of us are aware of the sorry state of things in Rivers State before May 29 2015. Between October 25 2007 and May 28 2015 over three trillion naira accrued from all revenue sources to the State. Yet, they did nothing tangible with that money to develop the State. Instead, they squandered and diverted most of this money into private pockets through bogus and ill-fated projects. ”
The governor alleged that all key projects initiated by the Amaechi administration were either abandoned or not executed at all adding that despite inheriting a badly governed state, his administration has begun the process of developing the state by initiating critical projects and programmes that have revived the economy of the state to the benefit of the people.
“Let’s briefly look at the records since they live in denial. The visible projects initiated by former Governor Amaechi during his eight years in office include: the Karibi Whyte mega Hospital project, the Greater Port Harcourt Project, the new Rivers State University project; the RSSDA over-seas scholarship scheme; the mosquitos eradication scheme, the Adokiye Amiesemaka Stadium project, the 500 primary schools project, the 23 mega secondary schools project, the ill-fated less than 1.5kms monorail project, and the dualization of some inner city roads”, he said.
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