Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has faulted the approach of security agencies in destroying illegal refineries, noting that the method they apply results in escalating the black soot rain, constituting health hazards and destroying the environment.
The governor stated this Friday during a special appearance on Channels Television Live interview programme at Government House, Port Harcourt.
Wike said report by the technical committee set up by the state government to investigate the black soot problem indicated that the development was largely a product of the unwholesome destruction of illegal refineries by security agencies.
The governor who regretted that it is not within the purview of state government to control the security agencies, revealed that state authorities had formally approached the Federal Government to help resolve the challenges, without any assistance from that quarter.
Wike said: “We have prioritised this issue, but we cannot stop the security agencies. There must be a refined way of stopping the oil criminals, without damaging the environment.
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose has likened Wike to the Biblical Daniel.
Governor Fayose stated this while commissioning some key road projects executed by Wike in Trans-Amadi, an economic zone in the state.
The Ekiti State Governor said: “Commissioning has become an attitude for Governor Wike. Everyday, there is a road project. I commend him for transforming the state”.
The projects that were commissioned were the reconstructed High Street, rehabilitated Prof Okujagu Street and Danjuma Drive off Peter Odili Road.
Wike said he would remain focused in transforming the state because of the passion he has for the state.
The Rivers State Governor who also flagged off the Isiodu Road in Emohua Local Government Area last Saturday announced that he would sign the state Neighbourhood Watch Bill into Law this week.
He said the bill was aimed at boosting security by providing intelligence and needed information to security agencies in Rivers State.
Wike said that, when it becomes operational, the Neighbourhood Watch Initiative will also create employment opportunities for youths in the state.
Another event that dominated activities last week in Government House was the 2018 International Women’s Day celebration.
The event which took off last Sunday with Special Church Service came to a climax on 8th March as thousands of Rivers women from all parts of the state converged at Alfred Diete-Spiff (Civic Centre) Complex.
While delivering the keynote address, wife of Rivers State Governor, Hon Justice Suzzette Nyesom-Wike called for economic empowerment of women at all levels.
She also called on parents to give equal opportunities to male and female children to enable the girl child strive to her highest possible level of development.
In his speech, Governor Wike promised to fulfill all promises made by his administration to Rivers women.
Wike who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Kenneth Kobani, commended Rivers women for their strong support to his government and urged them to sustain the tempo.
Another event was the flag-off of the Egbelu Road in Rumuodara, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area last Thursday.
At the event, the Governor stated that though he was not aware of the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Rivers State as Federal Government was yet to inform him, Buharis visit he said, cannot revive APC in the state.
“Maybe the President is coming to make sure that he will improve the fortunes of the APC that is dead in Rivers State.
“Apart from Jesus Christ, we don’t know of anyone who had risen a dead thing. APC is a dead party in Rivers State. No matter how you fast and pray, it will never wake up”, the Governor said.