Governor Nyesom Wike on Port Harcourt refinery

Governor Nyesom Wike: dismisses as empty planned repairs of Port Harcourt refinery

Okafor Ofiebor/ Port Harcourt

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers said the move by the Buhari Government to rehabilitate the Port Harcourt Refinery is one of the empty promises of the All Progressives Congress.

He stated this on Wednesday night while featuring on Channels TV ‘Politics Today’ programme.

The Federal Executive Council had earlier on Wednesday approved the plan by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to rehabilitate the Port Harcourt Refinery at whopping cost of $1.5bn.

Wike said the news was nothing to cheer about, adding that Nigerians should be ready for a deluge of similar promises from the APC government as the 2023 elections draw near.

“We have heard these promises and nothing has happened,” he said, adding that “approval is not disbursement of fund”.

The governor said, “If it (refinery) is going to work, it will improve a lot of economic activities, there will be employment for the people of the state. We will be happy.

“But I am saying that we have had these promises and promises and nothing has happened. So, I don’t want begin to say hallelujah.

“Let us wait and see what will happen based on the approval and the statement made by the Minister of State for Petroleum. We will hold him accountable to it.

“We know, even before the (APC) government came into being, they have promised a lot of things and later they come up to say because of these challenges and that, they are not able to fulfil them.

“We are going into 2023, so many promises will be made, so many approvals will be made.”