Rivers State provides funding for Nigeria’s Development, yet neglected by FG – Wike

by on March 2, 2017

Rivers State Gover­nor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has declared that the federal government has abdicated its responsi­bility of projects execution in the state because the state does not matter in its devel­opment programme.

Gov Wike lamented that his administration has taken over federal govern­ment’s responsibilities in the state, not because it has ex­cess resources but because it is committed to the rapid development of the state.

The governor, while speaking on Wednesday during the ground- break­ing ceremony for the con­struction of the National Industrial Court which will be funded by the state gov­ernment, said all evidences point to the fact that the state does not count in the development programmes of the federal government.

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He noted this has sadly been the situation for de­cades.

“Yet, we produced the bulk of the resources that are sus­taining the entire country and funding multi-billion-naira development projects in other states of the federation.

“And so, our position is that while we shall continue to de­mand for a fair treatment and commensurate recompense for our contributions to the national pool of resources, we cannot but endeavour to put our development destiny in our own hands even if it means spending money on projects that should be initi­ated, funded and maintained by the federal government or its agencies”, he said.

The governor stated fur­ther, “The point needs to be made that we are taking these important steps and bearing such huge costs because of the need to create, recreate and reinforce the enabling social and economic envi­ronment for the continuous development of our state.

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