Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, governor of Rivers State, claims it is outrageous for any local government council chairmen to refuse to build roads in remote areas given that the state government does not interfere with their federation account funding.
The call by council chairmen for the State government to intervene in roads that they can easily construct for their citizens was deemed preposterous by Governor Wike, who served as the chairman of the Obio-Akpor Local Government under the administration of former governor Dr. Peter Odili.
He made these remarks on Thursday when he signaled the beginning of construction on Odiemudie Road in Ahoada East Local Government Area at the Odiemudie Junction near Akoh Mini Central.
The governor revealed to Mr. Benjamin Eke, Chairman of Ahoada East Local Government, that he carried out road improvements when he was Chairman of Obio- Akpor Local Government without requesting help from the then-governor, Dr. Peter Odili.
Therefore, Governor Wike claimed, there was no justification for Mr. Eke to have approached him and asked for the State Government to build the road in Ward 10 of the Ahoada East Local Government Area.
“I was council chairman. People know in the State, I was constructing roads. I had never one day called the governor to come and do so and so thing. You have the temerity to stand before me to say, come and do road in Ward 10. Thank God you said don’t temper with all local government money. I know how much you all get. Last two months, no local government got less than between N300 Million and N400Million. What’s the salary bill, where does the money go to.” – the governor said.
The Commissioner for Local Government Affairs was instructed by Governor Wike to compile a detailed list of the projects that Mr. Benjamin Eke, the Chairman of Ahoada East Local Government, reported to have completed and to provide it to the office of the Secretary to the State Government.
“Because believe there should be development everywhere does not mean you will take it for granted. So, this is the last time I will go to any local government and I will see a chairman coming out to say do so, so thing for us. You must show me your report card.” – Wike said.
The Rivers state governor declared that his administration would maintain its continuing collaboration with regional builders on the improvement of the State’s infrastructure.
The governor said that the local companies hired by his government to complete a number of road projects had not fallen short of expectations.
He contended that they had instead demonstrated their ability to accomplish projects on time, in accordance with the agreed-upon requirements.
“I have the belief that the local contractors will continue to do their best. That is why we are encouraging them, and which is why they are performing. I’m happy that in our time, the few indigenous contractors we have now have shown capacity and commitment. If this goes on, then we will continue to partner with them because they are doing very well.” – he said.
Governor Wike outlined how the partnership’s commitment to local content in the awarding of civil construction activities came to be.
Wike said it is good that the local contractor in charge of the Odiemudie Road claims to have employed about 100 youths on the project.
He asked them to additionally award locals subcontracts so that they might provide some auxiliary supplies that could be found in and around the neighborhood.
Governor Wike praised the Eze Akoh and the Eze Logbo of Ekpeye Land for maintaining the calm in the region, which was reflected in the contractor’s collaboration.
???? ???? ?????
??’? ?? ????????? ?? ???? ???? ???. ?????? ????? ? ??????? ?? ??? ??? ?????!