Governor Wike Condemns Blowing Up of Pipelines

Governor Wike Condemns Blowing Up of Pipelines

Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

Rivers  State  Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has  condemned the  blowing up  of pipelines in the Niger Delta  by militants,  saying that it is  not in the interest of  the  region as it negatively  affects the revenue that accrue to the states for development. 

The governor  also  revealed  that  in the next few weeks,  he will flag off the dualization  of the Saakpenwa-Bori road to serve Ogoni communities. 

He said the  states of the Niger Delta will work  with  the  Federal Government  and Security  agencies  to ensure that  the  stoppage  of pipelines  by militants. 

In an interview  with  German  Television,  ARD in Port Harcourt  on  Thursday,  Governor Wike said: “Blowing up  pipelines will further decrease our revenue, which affect payment  of salaries  and  development  projects.

“Blowing up pipelines  will not solve any of our development  challenges.  As a servant  of the people, I know that there is no need for insecurity.  I will never support  those who claim  to be responsible for pipelines vandalism “.

He said  that  all those who  have issues of any kind should embrace dialogue  as violence  will not lead to  the  solution  of the challenges  in the area.

While noting that the revenue  of the state has dwindled , he said  that his administration  has judiciously  used scarce resources to  develop  the state and earn the  trust of the  people.

He said: “We have  had  dramatic total  transformation of roads in the  state. We are in the process  of  rehabilitating  and equipping  general  hospitals  in the three senatorial  zones, setting  up  boarding  schools and developing  our security  infrastructure  for further development “.

He said  if previous  administrations  had used funds judiciously, the development  challenges  being faced in the state would have  been  reduced.

Commenting  on  the  Bodo clean up, the governor  said it should  be  sustained  in the interest  of  the  future  of  the people and their health. 

He said that  the  Rivers State Government is in support of  Shell Development Paying compensation  to the people of Bodo  over the negative  impact of  oil spills.