18th January, 2016
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
The All Progressives Congress APC in Rivers State has accused Governor Nyesom Wike of abandoning all construction activities at all work sites in the State.
APC in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone, said “One of the most visible projects that have now been abandoned by the governor is the Eleme Junction–Trailer Park Junction interval of the East/West Road. The rehabilitation of this road was touted as the best thing to come out of the Wike government; taxpaying companies were made to contribute over N3billion or slightly less than half of the N7 billion required for full reconstruction of that section of the East/West Road.”
The APC notes that despite those companies tasking themselves to make the contributions, Governor Nyesom Wike has not only refused to provide government’s portion of the N7 billion required for the project but has abandoned it.
According to the party, “Rather than try to meet government obligation to the project, the private companies that contributed over N3billion appear to have been duped by the governor.”
The party further alleged that” Beyond the governor reneging on his promise to provide counterpart funding for the project, the job so far done is far from the over N3billion contributed by companies located in the area. If this is not 419, only God Almighty knows what 419 is.”
The statement further alleged that “For the records, the following amounts were contributed by companies located in the Eleme/Onne axis: Intels Services N1billion, Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Ltd N500million, Port Harcourt Refinery [NNPC] N300million, and Nigerian Ports Authority [NPA] N250million, among others.
“These contributions were made in full by July, 2015 and government promised that the reconstruction will be delivered in September, 2015. But halfway into January, 2016 users of that section of the road and residents of the area are still breathing in dust occasioned by the state of the project. For over a month now, the company handling the project has left site on account of the Rivers State Government not providing funds for the project.”
The APC also noted that the seeming movements by the governor in asphalting roads and filling potholes were mere election tribunal and court motivated cosmetic antics meant to deceive the people. How come the governor pretended to do those road projects in the very middle of the rainy season and during the current dry season work on these projects have stopped at all work sites?
APC repeatedly alleged that “the Nyesom Wike’s government is a big fraud. Regrettably, it appears that the governor has successfully conned our people but there is hope that this affliction will soon become history. Even God Himself knows that the good people of Rivers State deserve better.”