Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has berated the former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside, for speaking about Rivers economy.
The governor wondered why Peterside, with his educational attainment, would say that merely because the budget figures of Lagos and Akwa Ibom States are higher, compared to Rivers’ budget, it means that Rivers economy is performing poorly.
He, therefore, stated that Perterside puts a question mark on his doctoral degree; otherwise, how could he say that the performance of the economy is dependent on budgetary estimates.
“When they asked him about the budget of Rivers State, he said the mere fact that Lagos state budget is very high, the mere fact that Akwa Ibom budget is very high and Rivers state budget is low that means the economy is not doing well.
“A PhD holder is saying that the performance of an economy is based on the size of a budget, which means that Cross River state that once had a budget of N1.3 trillion has performed more than every other state economy.
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“They asked him about governance; he said there is no governance in Rivers State. I agree with him. There was governance when the courts were shut down. You are aware that the courts were shut down for almost two years. There was governance at that time.
“There was governance when there was no road to Opobo. Now, there is no governance because you can drive to Opobo. Now, there is no governance because you can go to the court to seek for your right.”
Inaugurating the 10km internal roads, Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, noted that he is witnessing a success story of infrastructural development in a rural Odiokwu community whose socio-economic life has been revived.
He said, despite the lack of capacity of the Federal Government to deliver good governance, they, the governors, are doing their utmost best, playing their role to keep Nigeria together.
Tambuwal said they are proud of Governor Wike for strengthening the existing relationship between Rivers and Sokoto States.