Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, has stated that he plans to hand over a debt-free economy for his successor to build on.
Wike made this remark during the commissioning of the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, RSUTH, Renal Centre, and House Officers Quarters on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.
“I have told anybody who cares I will not leave a debt, one naira debt for my successor. I will not. I want him to start on a clean note,” Wike said while addressing respective stakeholders.
“Let him not say I came and met a debt of 50 billion naira, of course, I will not do that.”
The governor also revealed he was confident of his various achievements across the state to which his detractors have commended him.
“It is not about how much money you have amassed, it is what legacy you have put on ground, that once you leave can you turn left or right and say I am happy, I am justified, I have not disappointed my people.”
“I made promises and those promises have been fulfilled ”
“I can put my two hands in my pocket and walk confidently on the road and say I thank God Almighty for the opportunity.”
Wike had on Tuesday. urged the people of the state to vote in the candidates of the PDP for the governorship, National Assembly, and state House of Assembly seats during the commissioning of the Rukpokwu-Igwuruta Link Road in the Obio-Akpor Local Government Area.
According to him, there was no doubt about who his successor was going to be ahead of the upcoming polls.
“Are you thinking about our successor? don’t you know our successor,” he said.
He also advised his supporters to disregard pretenders to the state’s number one position.
APC Knocks Wike After He Accused Rotimi Amaechi of Emptying Rivers’ State Treasury
The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State says it is clear that Nigerians no longer take seriously comments credited to Governor Nyesom Wike.
Governor Wike had during a project commissioning in Obio-Akpor local government area on Saturday, November 26, 2022, accused former governor Rotimi Amaechi of emptying the state treasury before leaving office in 2015.
But the spokesman of APC in the state, Darlington Nwauju in reaction to the comment, said Amaechi will not engage in a media war with his former Chief of staff.
Nwauju, however, said it is important to set the record straight by confirming that Amaechi has to the credit of his administration, the “Agip, Eliozu Obiri Ikwere, Eleme, and Woji flyover projects”.
He maintained that the projects like others under Amaechi’s administration were done with “utmost regard for due process as they went through competitive bidding processes with premium standards delivered in the best interest of Rivers people”.
Nwauju further claimed that while the Amaechi’s administration had an Internally Generated Revenue of between “N1.5 billion to 1.9 billion monthly to work with”, the Wike administration is getting between “N10 billion and N15 billion monthly in IGR”.
The APC spokesman said the APC can beat its chest and boast that its leader and former Governor Minister of Transportation did so much for Rivers State including the “employment of 13,000 teachers, and 400 doctors”.
He further stated that pharmacists and nurses were all employed “without clannish, tribal or political sentiments” unlike what he said recently happened at the Rivers State University where according to him only persons from Governor Wike’s community were given employment against the Oath of Allegiance sworn-to by the governor.