South South: Wike Urged Fg To Treat All Geopolitical Zones Fairly

By Anayo Onukwugha, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike has advised the All

Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government to treat all

geo-political zones of the country with fairness to enhance the unity

of the country.

He reiterated his call for the release of funds from the Excess Crude

account to  tackle critical environmental challenges in the Niger

Delta because there will be no excess crude funds without the

contributions of the oil producing communities of the Niger Delta.

Wike spoke yesterday when the House of Representatives Committee on

Local Content paid him a courtesy call, at Government House, Port

Harcourt.

The governor said, “There should be balance in the way the Federal

Government handles issues affecting different parts of the country.

“We are not saying that the Federal Government should not tackle Boko

Haram.  But as they tackle Boko Haram with $1billion, they must

remember that  the environmental challenges facing the Niger Delta is

the  major security challenge.

“If something happens or there is a crisis in the Niger Delta, there

will be no excess  crude for anyone to draw from”.

Wike stated that issues of development and security should not be

politicised, because political parties are mere  vehicles that convey

politicians  to desired destinations.

The governor said, “This country belongs to all of us. We must work to

salvage Nigeria. We shall always talk about the interest of Nigeria”.

He commended the House of Representatives  Committee on Local Content

for their contribution towards ensuring that Shell Plc did not leave

Rivers State.

Earlier, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Local

Content, Mr Emmanuel Ekon thanked Governor Wike for providing the

quality leadership that has revived  the nation’s  main opposition

party.

Ekon, who stated that prior to the revival of the Peoples Democratic

Party (PDP), Nigeria was heading  for a one-party state, said

“Governor Wike by his contributions, provided an alternative for all

politicians, even those in the APC”.

The federal lawmaker said that the committee members were in the state

for a two-day retreat.

He said that the interventions of the Local Content Committee have

led to the creation of several jobs for Nigerians.  He added that

several illegal expatriates have also been deported.

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