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.
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One Year Anniversary: Governor Wike Sues For Unity
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on Rivers people no matter their political affiliation to join hands with his administration to build a stable and vibrant economy.
In a state-wide broadcast to mark the first year of his second term in office today, Governor Wike noted that the state can overcome the present global economic situation if citizens come together in unity of thought and purpose.
“Yes, we can if we resolve to downplay our individual differences and work together for the common good of our heritage, our lovely State, our communities and our people. As a government, we welcome constructive criticisms devoid of politics and mischief, because they serve to make us better performers.
“This is a time for governance, not politics, and we welcome everyone on board to create an environment that promotes balanced economic growth, thriving private investments, boundless opportunity and a State we can truly call our pride and heritage.
“For us, nothing matters more than Rivers State, our people, our interests, our treasures, our enormous resources and assets, our accomplishments and our greatness,” he stated.
The Governor pointed out that within the last one year, his administration had embarked on urban renewal programme in the State capital and the construction of the multi-billion naira three flyover projects at Rebisi, Okoro-nu-Odo and Rumuogba.
He said that the dualization of Kira- Sapkenwa-Bori-Kono Road straddling three local government areas in Ogoni heartland has reached 92 percent completion.
The Oyibo(Mbano camp) road to Iriebe linking Oyigbo and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas had been completed while Alesa-Agbonchia-Oyigbo, Rumuakunde/Isiodu and the second phase of Isiokpo community Roads had also been completed.
Rumuji-Ibaa-Isiokpo, Omoku-Egbema, Odufor-Akpoku-Umuoye, Ula Ehuda-Odioku-Anwunugboko-Ubeta-Ihuechi-Odiereke, Umueze-Umuogba-Umuokpurukpu-Umueke-Umunju-Umuelechi-Eberi, Eteo-Sime-Nonwa and Abonnema Ring Roads have reached various stages of completion.
In addition, the governor said, work has commenced on the expansion of the entire stretch of Ikwerre Road from Education Bus Stop to the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.
According to him, the long abandoned roads to the coastal communities of Opobo and Andoni in Opobo/Nkoro and Andoni Local Government Areas has almost been delivered with appreciable work already done on the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo Unity Road.
On healthcare delivery, the governor said the Mother and Child Hospital has been furnished, equipped and only undergoing necessary testing and preparations for commissioning.
The Braithwaite Memorial Hospital, he said, has been fully equipped and converted to the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH) leading to the accreditation of the programmes of that facility for the training of medical students by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.
Governor Wike stated that the regional referral hospitals in Degema, Bori and Degema are presently being equipped while structural work is on-going on the ones located in Omoku and Etche.
The State Chief Executive pointed out that funds had been released for comprehensive upgrade of Enitonnia High School, Comprehensive Secondary School, Borikiri, Obama High School, Degema, Community Secondary School, Tombia, Community Secondary School, Omuanwa in Ikwerre Local Government Area and Kalabari National College, Buguma.
Others include, Community Secondary School, Kugbo in Abua/Odual Local Government, Community Secondary School, Obeakpu in Oyigbo Local Government and Community Secondary School, Eteo in Eleme Local Government Area.
On Real Madrid Academy, Governor Wike announced that the construction of students’ hostels is progressing and that the school would soon open for simultaneous football and related training programmes.
He said in line with the promise to refocus on agricultural development, the Datco Cassava Processing Plant with a guaranteed off-market opportunities for 3000 local cassava farmers would soon be completed to stimulate cassava revolution in the state.
The governor regretted that despite the advisories and regulations on social distancing and compulsory wearing of face masks, most residents are flouting the directives to the collective peril of all.
“These are all irresponsible and risky behaviour in the face of the invisible and ravaging pandemic and the enormous threat it poses to public health and the safety of human lives.
“We shall bring the full weight of the law to bear on every recalcitrant person, business or institution, irrespective of status who decides to treat the existing orders and regulations for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our State with contempt.
“Government may be forced to reinstate lockdown if members of the public continue to flout and disregard the established regulations on social distancing and the compulsory wearing of face masks,” he said.
Governor Wike however, commiserated with the families of those that lost their loved ones to the pandemic and prayed for the peaceful repose of their innocent souls.
He said that while we pray for the quick success, for the global search, for vaccines, the responsibility still rests on everyone to strictly comply with the established mitigating measures.
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