Nyesom Wike says day-by-day inauguration of completed projects in Rivers State has silenced APC and critics in the state.
Governor Wike stated this at the inauguration of Abonnema Ring Road in Akuku Toru Local Government Area of the State by the former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu on Thursday.
The governor said instead of the opposition to address how they can encourage their APC governors to roll out projects for inauguration as done by PDP governors, they are hiding under the guise of speaking for local contracting firms.
He described allegation that his administration has refused to empower local contracting firms to handle project construction as sheer falsehood.
Governor Wike said some of the projects that were inaugurated earlier in the week including Semi-Nonwa -Kira Road were handled by Rivers construction firm, Lubrik Construction company, while the Abonnema Ring road was done by O.K Isokariari Construction Company.
According to him, his administration is mindful of empowering Rivers people, encouraging and trusting them to handle some critical projects because he believes in their capacity.
“Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have said I should mention those whom, locally, we have empowered. OK Isokariari Company is a Rivers Company. They did Phase One of Okochiri Road. They have also done this Abonnema Ring Road.
Noting that he has silenced APC members’ criticism, he said:
“You see how we have silenced them in the state. We commissioned projects until the 24th of December 2020.
“We have started this year since 4th January 2021. Let them tell their people to roll out their projects and call people.”
The governor said the PDP is different from APC because it always keeps its promises to the people, deliver good governance and quality projects that satisfy the yearnings of the people.
“For us, as a party and government, whatever promises we make we must fulfil them. We are not a party that promises and fail or gives excuses.
“We are a party that when we make a promise, we must fulfil the promise because we owe it to the people. That is why I have told our people, we have no choice, that the only hope this country has today is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”
Former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, said by executing projects in the hinterland land other than the city, the Wike administration has demonstrated equity and justice to Rivers people.
He noted that the lessons to be learnt from the series of project inauguration in Rivers State by governors and other political leaders, should be for them to get inspired and replicate such development in their various States and at the national level.
“I believe it when I said that we should not be ashamed to say we are learning from our colleague on what to do. If we need help, we must seek help from whoever we can get help from and that’s the only way we can develop.”