The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyenso Wike has again declared that his administration has never interfered with funds of local governments in the state.
Wike, who stated this at the commissioning of an Ultra Modern Market built by Eleme Council under the current chairmanship of Philip Okparaji at Akpajo, emphasised that local government chairmen have no reason why they should not develop their areas.
The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties, Thomas Barinee, said the gigantic market project, including pipe borne water had shown that local government councils controlled their funds without any interference by state government.
He commended the council chairman for delivering dividend of democracy to his people
The governor reassured the people of Eleme of more state projects before the expiration of his tenure in the state.
The chairman of the council, Philip Okparaji, said the project was part of his campaign promises to the people of Akpajo.
He reassured the people of Eleme that he will not play politics in the distribution of projects to all the wards in the area.
Okparaji urged the people of Eleme to support the government of Governor Wike for more projects in the area.
Also speaking, the secretary of the Road Maintenance Agency, Hon. Fineman Onugwe, commended the council chairman for the project, urging him to ensure that meaningful development projects and programs circulated round the wards that make up the LGA.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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