The executive governor of Rivers state has berated the federal government for failing to refund Rivers state monies used to execute federal government projects in the state.
Speaking during the commissioning of the Woji-Elelenwa dual carriage way, the
Rivers State Governor, said the federal government has refused to include Rivers in the in the list of states it plans to make refunds to.
He said “ there is an attempt to draw us backwards and distract us”. I want to say that we refuse to be distracted.
Wike said he will not beg the federal government to pay the state the money because one day the state will get back what belongs to it.
Recall that Chibuike Amaechi while serving as governor had persistently appealed to the Federal Government to refund 105 billion naira spent by the state government on federal government projects in the state.
Amaechi told the then Minister of Information, Labaran Maku who was on a ‘goood governance tour to the state that the Rivers state government had executed a total of 405 kilometers of federal government roads in the state since he assumed office as governor in 2007.
He stated that the state government had fulfilled all requirements needed by the Federal Ministry of Works, adding that the Minister of Information should help the state government push for the refunds.
One of the federal government road projects in the state being constructed by the state government is the 42 kilometer dual carriage of the Port Harcourt Owerri road project which the government said amounted to 37 billion naira.
”We are begging the Federal Government to pay us the money we used to execute federal projects in the state. So far, we have executed N105 billion worth of federal projects, Ameachi told the visiting Minister.
“We have fulfilled all requirements as demanded by the Federal Ministry of Works and we are appealing to Minister of Information to tell them to pay us our money,” he said.