Rivers: Low Revenue Earnings Won’t Stop Projects – Wike …Flags Off Igwuruta/Chokocho Road …Approves Payment Of Health Worker’s Salaries

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The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has assured that the poor federal allocation and internal revenue profile of the state will not deter his administration from executing people-oriented projects.
Speaking while flagging-off the construction of Iguwruta-Chokocho Road yesterday at the boundary between Igwuruta and Etche, Wike decried the dwindling revenue and federal allocation, which he said has dropped to N5billion monthly.
He said, “the low revenue profile does not matter. Whether we get N1billion or N2billion, we have to continue to solve the problems of our people.”
The governor while decrying the plight of the road abandoned by the immediate past administration, said he had promised during his electoral campaigns to revamp the route even though it is a federal road.
Wike noted that government will not allow the people to continue suffering while waiting for Federal Government’s intervention, and therefore, urged the contractor, Setraco Nigeria Limited, to deliver the project in six months’ time.
As part of measures to fast-track the project, the governor announced that money will be directly deducted from the state’s internally generated revenue to pay the construction firm.
Calling on the communities to help secure the project, Wike enjoined the contractor to also engage them as part of local content to avert delays and hiccups.
Earlier, Commissioner for Works, Engr Kelvin Wachuku, had said the project falls into one of the short term visions of the governor to connect all parts of the state.
As a federal road, Wachuku disclosed that the route links Ngor Okpala in Imo State, further stating that the road covers over six kilometers with a two-metre median and side drains linking Igwuruta in Ikwerre Local Government Area and Chokocho in Etche Local Government Area.
The commissioner further stated that in line with laid down standards of the present administration, the project is expected to last for one year at the cost of N2.3 billion, as he charged the contractor to utilize the dry season and complete the project in due time.
On his part, representative of Setraco Construction Company, Fiyes Kallop thanked the state government for the opportunity to contribute to the development of the state, and promised that the firm will do all it can to meet expectations.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Governor, Chief  Nyesom  Wike, has assured health workers under the Rivers State Emergency Medical Services that their outstanding wages owed them by the immediate past administration will be paid by his administration.
Addressing  the Emergency Medical Services  workers at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday,  Wike  said  that  settling  of outstanding salary  arrears owed by the immediate  past  administration  has been a major challenge  which has been  excellently  tackled since May 29, 2015.
He said that his administration has carefully managed resources of the state in a manner that has allowed it to pay pension arrears of over seven months, civil servants salary arrears of four months, outstanding salaries of sports athletes and several other arrears inherited from the previous administration.
Wike, who was represented at the meeting by his Chief of Staff, Engr Emeka Woke directed the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Theophilus Odagme to work with the State Finance Ministry to ensure that the emergency workers are paid before the end of the month.
He noted that under his leadership no set of workers will be denied their wages like was the case under the immediate past administration.
In his remarks, Rivers State Health Commissioner, Dr Theophilus Odagme assured the emergency health workers that he will always champion their welfare.
He said that the health sector remains a top priority to Governor Wike despite  the  dwindling resources of the state.

Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike (middle), his Deputy, Dr Ipalibo Harry-Banigo and Chief Sergent Awuse, during the flag off of reconstruction of Igwuruta/Chokocho Road, yesterday. Inset is the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike test-driving one of the caterpillars on site.
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike (middle), his Deputy, Dr Ipalibo Harry-Banigo and Chief Sergent Awuse, during the flag off of reconstruction of Igwuruta/Chokocho Road, yesterday. Inset is the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike test-driving one of the caterpillars on site.