FG Has Abdicated Its Responsibility In Rivers State – Governor Wike

FG Has Abdicated Its Responsibility In Rivers State – Governor Wike
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
▪flags off the construction of National Industrial Court in Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared  that the Federal Government  has abdicated  its responsibility  of projects  execution  in the state  because  the state does not matter  in its  development programme.
Governor Wike  stated that his administration  has taken over Federal Government’s responsibilities  in Rivers State,  not because  it has excess resources, but because  it is committed to the  rapid development of the state.
He spoke on Wednesday  during the groundbreaking ceremony  for the construction  of the National Industrial Court which will be funded by the Rivers State Government.
He said: “All the facts point to the fact that Rivers State does not count in the development programmes of the Federal Government. And this has sadly been the situation for decades.
” Yet, we produced the bulk of the resources that are sustaining the entire country and funding multi-billion Naira development projects in other States of the federation.
“And so, our position is that, while we shall continue to demand for a fair treatment and commensurate recompense for our contributions to the national pool of resources, we cannot but endeavour to put our development destiny in our own hands, even if it means spending money on projects that should be initiated, funded and maintained by the Federal Government or its agencies.”
Governor Wike emphasised: “The point needs to be made that,we are taking these important steps and bearing such huge costs because of the need to create, recreate and reinforce the enabling social and economic environment for the continuous development of our State.
“It is not because we have too much money to throw around on Federal projects; it is because of our love, passion and commitment to develop our State, because we realized that the Federal Government has since abdicated its development responsibility to Rivers State.”
He explained  that  the  Rivers State Government  is embarking  on the project  because  90percent of the cases in the Yenagoa  Division of the National Industrial Court  emanate from Rivers State.
He said that the project when completed  will serve  the purpose  of  creating  access to justice  for  litigants  and also reflect  the  transformational  legacies of Rivers State.
He noted: “The need therefore to have a functional NIC in Port Harcourt to peacefully settle labour and industrial relations disputes, enhance industrial harmony and engender economic development cannot be overstated.”
President of the  National Industrial Court, Justice Babatunde Adejumo said that the Rivers State Governor  has shown his colleagues  the way to go by his commitment  to the project.
He said when the National Industrial Court  in Port Harcourt comes on stream, it will resolve the challenges  and risks faced  by  litigants  from Rivers State  who are compelled to travel  to  Bayelsa and Imo States.
He commended the Rivers State Governor  for agreeing  to fund the  Federal Project, pointing  out that the Rivers people  are the ones who bear the brunt of the absence  of  the  National Industrial Court.
He commended the governor for service delivery, assuring that the National Industrial Court will give  justice to all manner of people.
He informed that two judges have been  transferred  to the state to work in two courtrooms  allocated by the Rivers Chief Judge.
In a goodwill message, Former NBA President, Chief Onueze Okocha said  the project will advance  the course of justice  in the state.  He regretted  that the National Industrial Court  was closed down by the immediate past administration  in the state, leading  to its relocation  to Bayelsa State.
Rivers State Chief Judge, Justice Adama Iyayi-Lamikanra and the  State Attorney General, Emmanuel Aguma (SAN) lauded Governor  Wike  for investing in justice  delivery  through the provision  of quality facilities for the judiciary.
The National Industrial Court under construction  by the Rivers State Government  is a five storey building occupying a total floor area of 920 square metres, with four court rooms, judges’ chambers, car parks, lifts and all other facilities that fully guarantee the comfort, functionality and safety of the court and its personnel.
Aside the National Industrial Court, the Rivers State Government  is constructing the Federal High Court Complex which is nearing completion.  The National Industrial Court will be completed  in December 2017.