Don’t politicize Covid-19- Wike urges politicians

From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has urged politicians not to play politics with dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, but work in concert with government to reduce its spread in the state

Governor Wike stated when the leadership of the Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, ( IPAC) paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt, Monday.

The governor also announced that if the State receives the approved refund from the Federal Government, part of the money would be used to set up a Cancer Centre and ensure that development projects are executed in every local government area of the state to improve the socioeconomic life of the people.

He said “My administration owes Rivers people a lot and nothing will slow down the tempo of provision of critical infrastructure.

“We are committed to making sure that we do what will make our people happy.

“People are surprised that even though we are in our second tenure, we are working as if we have another tenure to run. But our tenure ends in 2023 and my motivation is that we will continue to give services to the people of the state without relenting.

“I thank God that you just went to see projects within Port Harcourt. But we are doing more in the local government areas.There is no local government that will say they cannot find the presence of this administration. I challenge anybody to say we are not doing anything,” he said.

Governor Wike told the leadership of IPAC to put party politics aside and contribute their quota with useful suggestions that would enable him provide good governance to Rivers people, adding that whole essence of IPAC is not to be antagonistic to government, but about governance irrespective of political party.

Leader of the delegation and chairman of IPAC, Ambassador Desmond Akawor expressed the group’s satisfaction with the quality of leadership provided by the governor and the developmental projects within the state capital that they inspected at the weekend.

He assured the governor that IPAC would collaborate with his administration to give the state qualitative leadership.

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