Ikanya condemns flag-off of NDDC road projects by Wike
Posted by News Express | 26 November 2016 | 2,271 times
Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Chief (Dr.) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, has advised the state Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike not to create crisis in the state by embarking on flag-off for road projects awarded by the Federal Government through the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for which work is presently ongoing.
“We in APC are surprised that Gov. Wike suddenly woke up to embark on road project flag-off for roads which were awarded by the NDDC that are already under construction.
“Most worrisome is his directive to the Etche LG Council to mobilize hoodlums to disrupt and chase away construction workers from work sites especially at the Chokocho-Igbo Etche Road where NDDC contractors have been working on since August,” Chief Ikanya revealed.
“What sense does it make for a Governor who should be happy about interventions by the Federal Government through NDDC to rather turn around to reject such help? If he personally does not need the intervention by the Federal Government, the people of Etche desperately need help to save them from the economic and social burden that bad roads have placed on them.
“In these parlous and dire financial times, governors elsewhere are praying for the kind of Federal Government intervention which NDDC is making in states of the Niger Delta since President Muahmmadu Buhari assumed office but it boggles the mind that here in Rivers State, the
Governor has started an unnecessary rivalry and acrimony because of politics and greed.
“Assuming that Gov. Wike is able to borrow more money from banks, shouldn’t he deploy such money to several bad roads begging for attention across Rivers State? Why deliberately insist on flagging off work for roads for which work is already ongoing by NDDC contractors,” Chief Ikanya queried.
“This must be the most wicked act any governor who swore to lead his people would embark on. Must the governor jettison the wellbeing of Rivers people for his own selfish interest at all cost?
“The vast territory of Etche has numerous roads that, if constructed, will open up the area which is a major food basket in Rivers State. Why must the governor insist on flagging off work on the Chokocho-Igbo Etche Road that NDDC contractors were deployed and have been working