L-R: Former Governor of Rivers State, Sir Celestine Omehia; Gov of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Gov of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyichukwu Ugwuanyi, and Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, Speaker Rivers State House of Assembly at the commissioning of the 16.06 kilometers dual carriage Sakpenwa-Bori Highway in Bori, Rivers State on Tuesday.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, says the federal government has been playing politics with the Ogoni environment remediation programme recommended by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
He noted that Ogoni having played a pivotal role in the economic development of Rivers State and the country deserves more than what is currently being offered to the area.
Gov. Wike stated this during the commissioning of the 16.06 kilometers dual carriage Sakpenwa-Bori Highway by the Governor of Enugu State Rt. Hon. Ifeanyichukwu Ugwuanyi, in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State on Tuesday.
The governor urged Ogoni people to stop believing those who use Ogoni clean up exercise at the turn of election year to deceive them, and wondered why clean-up never happens when elections are over.
“I am not like Federal Government. They promised you they will do Ogoni clean up. Has it been cleaned? I promised you road, have I done it? So you can see the difference between our party and their own party. The difference is clear.
“When election comes in 2023, they will start another clean up. You people don’t even ask question. Why is it a year to election that Ogoni clean-up will always commence? Now that there is no election are they doing clean-up now? Watch from next year they will start clean up.”
Gov. Wike said it has remained undisputed that only the governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are delivering development projects to their people.
He challenged those who feel uncomfortable with his public declarations to also showcase their projects and invite persons of repute to commission them as he has done since December.
He stated that because of the existing mutual trust between his leadership team and the people, sufficient progress have been achieved in Ogoni land and in the entire state in terms of project delivery.
Governor Wike announced the commencement of the phase two of the newly commissioned road, which will now be from Bori to Kono, saying that it will be awarded to the same construction firm, CCECC.
Enugu State Governor Rt. HON Ifeanyichukwu Ugwuanyi, acknowledged that many projects have been inaugurated by Gov. Wike, including the Saakpenwa -Bori road which was a campaign promise that has been fulfilled.
“Today’s event is significant as it epitomises the desirable fellowship among colleague governors while providing opportunity for experience sharing and other discourses on service delivery.
“I congratulate your Excellency, Governor Wike on the accomplishment of this infrastructural milestone among many others which will undoubtedly make life more meaningful for the people of Ogoni land
“I understand that this strategic road project was a campaign promise that has been truthfully fulfilled. Expectedly, it gladdens the hearts of Ogoni people and reinforces their faith in our constitutional democracy.
“I enjoin the good people of Ogoni land and entire Rivers State to continue to support Governor Wike with their prayers and wise counsel as he takes Rivers State to the next level.”
In their good will message, former President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), Ledum Mitee, said several governors used the road as point of political campaigns, but all failed to fulfill such promises.
He said if the money wasted on the abandoned monorail by the immediate past administration was properly channeled, more flyovers and roads would have been achieved in the State.
Similarly, the president of Kagote, Hon Emma Deeyaah said Gov. Wike has wiped sway their tears and solved the nightmare situation that the road caused the people.
President of Gbokabari, Senator Ben Birabi, noted that such quality of roads are hardly delivered in Ogoni land and said Governor Wike has re-energised the spirit of freedom in the state and has performed above expectations despite the lean financial resources.
Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Mr. Elloka Tasie-Amadi, said again, the Wike administration has demonstrated commitment in delivering long term service projects that will enhance socioeconomic life of the people.