Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has hinted that 2022 will be turbulent politically as a political year.
The governor said this shortly after signing into law the Rivers State Appropriation Law No. 11, 2021, at the Executive Chamber of Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
He assured that despite all that would happen next year, his administration would remain focused on providing services to the State and its people.
According to the governor, everything will be put in place to ensure the State has the enabling resources to execute and implement what is provided for in the budget.
“By the grace of God, we’ll hit the ground running from January 1st. And so, we think that what you have done is to give support to the executive council to render good services to the people of the State.
“So, next year will be politically turbulent, and it will affect the performance of every budget. But I pray to God that it shouldn’t be much so that we can execute the necessary plans we have for our people.
“I must sincerely thank and assure you that we will do all we can to make sure we achieve not less than 80 percent of the implementation of the budget, believing that God willing, we will get the necessary resources.
He also noted that the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Electoral Act amendment bill would have a ripple effect on the polity, particularly if the National Assembly decides to override his veto.
Governor Wike thanked the lawmakers for the quick passage of the Appropriation Bill and continual support in the provision of sustained good governance in the State.
Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani acknowledged the robust collaboration between the executive and the legislature.
Ibani said most critics of the projects of the Wike administration, particularly the flyovers, lack hindsight about the overall derivable benefits.