By Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on behalf of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government had started inviting contractors executing projects in the state to inquire if the projects were real.
This is as the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, declared that Rivers State was lucky to have Wike who was transforming the state through the execution of pro-people projects.
Speaking during the inauguration of Abacha Road in GRA Phase 3, Port Harcourt yesterday, Wike regretted that the EFCC and the Federal Government were working desperately to distract the Rivers State Government.
He said: “EFCC are now inviting our contractors to inquire if the projects we are executing are fake or real.
“Instead of encouraging us to continue with our good works, they are working desperately to distract us. EFCC should go to non performing states.
“I want to tell our contractors that we are not afraid because we are doing the right thing for the people of Rivers State “.
He said Rivers State was witnessing real development, hence it was confident to invite prominent Nigerians with pedigree to inspect and inaugurate key projects.
The governor urged the people to protect projects in the area, saying that the state government would not tolerate street trading on newly constructed roads.
Wike said the reconstructed Abacha Road had created the right environment for businesses to thrive and commended the businesses along the route for supporting the contractor by supplying their workers food.
He urged the people to continue to pay their taxes for the administration to deliver more projects for the people.
Inaugurating the project, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, stated that he was happy that the state where he grew up was being transformed through prudent management of resources.
He said: “This is home-coming for me. I am a stakeholder in this city. I have businesses here. I grew up in Abonnema as a young child.
“Rivers State is very lucky to have Governor Wike. In three years, the Rivers State Governor has achieved a great deal of projects.”
He described Wike as a man who makes a promise and works assiduously to keep his promise, adding that Wike is a man of passion and commitment.
The Traditional Ruler prayed God to keep the Rivers State Governor so that he could leave distinct legacies for the people.
“Port Harcourt is so new. Port Harcourt has been renewed. This particular area was so swampy . I was offered a plot of land here for one million naira and I rejected it. Today, everything has changed around here”, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe said.
Caretaker Committee Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Prince Noble Amadi, said the road was impassable, until Wike intervened with his magic touch.