Why I won’t go to Abuja again – Wike FeaturedWritten by EMMA OWHONDAH
Why I won’t go to Abuja again – WikeRivers State Governor, Ezebuwon Nyesom Wike, has said he will no longer travel to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, a city he has described as “centre of lies”.
Wike spoke last Monday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, during the flag-off of the second phase of reconstruction of some roads in the Old Township area, a statement signed by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media, made available to The Neighbourhood said.
Governor Wike said the he flagged off the second phase of the reconstruction of Port Harcourt Township roads, with a view to improving the living standard of majority of the less privileged in the state capital.
The governor, who used the flag-off to disclose his reason for boycotting Abuja, as he said, in the last four months, was “because of the excessive prevalence of lies at the Federal capital.”
Governor Wike said that the second phase of the Township road reconstruction will enhance the economy of the densely populated areas.
He noted that the administration contracted Julius Berger for the second phase of the project because it believes there is need for durable jobs in the suburbs.
The governor urged the contractor to employ youths from Port Harcourt Township in the course of executing the project.
“I am doing this for the township because you people stood by me all through the electioneering period. This is a symbiotic relationship”, Wike said.
On his claims of refusing to travel to Abuja, Governor Wike alleged that the nation’s capital has “now been enmeshed in political falsehood and deception, which negatively impacts on development.”
“I have not travelled to Abuja for more than four months because it is a centre of lies. Let them continue to lie in Abuja.
“As they suffer economic downturn in Abuja, we shall continue to make progress in Rivers State. They lie too much in Abuja, so there is no reason to listen to them. Here, we make promises and we keep our promises,” the governor said.
The first phase of the Port Harcourt Township roads covered Borikiri and Diobu suburbs, b.