The senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Andrew Uchendu, has urged Governor Nyesom Wike, to take advantage of the proposed visit of President Muhammadu Buhari, to start making friends for Rivers people across borders.
In a statement released to journalists in Port Harcourt, Senator Uchendu, who noted that past political leaders of the state maintained a cordial relationship with the centre, said it was unfortunate that Governor Wike is taking a different route.
He said: “Historically speaking, our erstwhile political leaders have always worked amicably with the centre. The only exception was during the last admnistration, when we realised that our own was not prepared to look into our problems.
“I am surprised that a visit by the President which date is yet to be fixed is generating unnecessary negative remarks from a governor who is supposed to be courting fruitful relationships for his people beyond the state. Politics should not be played to this extent.”
Senator Uchendu, who is the Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Procurement, further stated that the Federal Government, having embarked on developmental projects within its responsibilities that would have direct impact on the lives of citizens in the state, deserve some level of coorporation from the governor.
“To the best of my knowledge, the centre has commenced construction of the Bodo-Bonny Road which was in the planning phase for forty years; work has started on the proposed eight-lane Port Harcourt-Aba Express Road; the reconstruction of the Port Harcourt International Airport has also been accelerated, and the development of the Bonny Seaport is now receiving the required attention. These are strategic projects, unlike the short-term and motorpark-like projects of Governor Wike.
“I would therefore, advise the governor to relax and wait for the official date of the visit to be announced so that he would give the President a befitting reception, not just for his own interest, but for the overall good of Rivers people. We need friends across the Niger now more than ever before,” Senator Uchendu opined.