Port Harcourt — Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has regretted that the Federal Government has failed to provide its counterpart funding for the Bonny-Bodo road, allowing only the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, NLNG, to finance the project.
The governor, who bemoaned the marginalisation of Rivers State, wondered why the Federal Government has not deemed it fit to release its 50 percent counterpart funds for the N120 billion project several years after it awarded the contract for the project.
Governor Wike, speaking during an event to welcome defectors from All Progressives Congress, APC, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said prior to 2015, the APC had promised to transform the country, fix the East-West Road, and provide good governance to Nigerians.
But, on the contrary, Wike said, the APC had continued to give excuses for its colossal failure after it orchestrated the unfortunate conspiracy to remove President Goodluck Jonathan from office.
The governor alleged marginalisation of Rivers State by the Federal Government, maintaining that achievements of his administration has killed other political parties in the state
“Look at since they started the Bonny-Bodo road, what has happened? As we speak, Federal Government has not released their counterpart funding for that road.
“Now, NLNG said let us do it and then deduct it from the tax we are going to pay to the federal government. Is it how they have been doing in other states?” he asked.
The governor noted that ahead of the 2023 general election, the APC has again started making false promises to construct a University of Transport, develop a deep sea port and industrial park in the state.