…Say he is ready to “cooperate”
By: Felix Ikpotor
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has formally thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the release of 78.9 billion naira to the state as refunds for federal projects executed by the state government.
According to a statement personally signed by the governor and made available to this publication, he also thanked the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo and members of the federal executive council for supporting the state government’s request for the refund.
Wike said: “ I wish to on behalf of the Government and people of Rivers State appreciate and most sincerely thank you for graciously approving the refund of the sum of 78.9 billion naira to Rivers state Government, as cost of the execution of Federal Government Road projects in Rivers State”.
Continuing he said: “ Let me also through you thank the vice president, His Excellency professor Yemi Osinbajo GCON as well as other members of the Federal Executive Council for the support they provided for our request”.
“Mr President has by this remarkable and heart-warming gesture shown not only your love for the Government and people of Rivers State, but also demonstrated expressly that you are indeed a President of every state of the Federation and Nigerians”.
He assured that “ Rivers State Government is willing and ever ready to cooperate and partner with the Federal Government to advance the development aspirations of Rivers State in particular, and our nation in general”.
The governor further “appealed to Mr President to kindly obliged us a State visit, when invited to see what we have accomplished for the state and our people with the money”.
PHSpectator recalls that the federal government recently approved the refund of monies expended by state governments on federal projects in their respective states with Rivers getting the highest share.
In the case of Rivers State, the government explained that the refund captured projects executed by successive government’s in the state from 1999 to the present administration.