Rivers Rerun : Governor Wike commends Senate’s Intervention

Rivers Rerun : Governor Wike commends Senate’s Intervention
Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has commended the Nigerian Senate for rising  to  the  occasion in defence  of democracy  as it concerns the rerun elections in the state .

The governor declared that it is important that Rivers State gets  her full representation  at the Senate , the House of Representatives and the Rivers State House of Assembly .
Speaking  at the Government House , Port Harcourt when he granted  audience to a delegation of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission on Thursday , he said: “I thank God  that the Senate has  risen to the occasion .
“It is important  that the  Senate has taken the right action that will ensure that Rivers State gets her representatives  to speak for the state when issues of National importance  are discussed in the Senate and the House of Representatives “
He reiterated  that there was no reason  why the  Independent National Electoral Commission has been unable  to  conduct  the rerun elections because  the state still generates the highest oil revenue  and no pipeline  vandalised as a result of insecurity .
Commenting  on  the presentation  by the  delegation  of the  Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission , Governor  Wike faulted the claim that the non oil sector is now generating 50 percent of the nation’s revenue since recession .
He noted that the country  still relies on oil revenue , but pointed out that it is necessary  to  diversify the country’s  revenue  generation  mechanism .
He, however , stated that the Rivers State Government  will  support the auditing and generation of statistics  of the non oil revenue sector by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission .
Leader of the Commission’s Delegation and Federal Commissioner , Mr Sanya Omirin said that the team was in the state to conduct a wholistic auditing of the non-oil sector, verify mining companies with licenses, verify mining  leases and confirm  royalties that  accrue from minining.
He added that the commission  is working to bring all mining operators within the tax operations  of the government  for revenue generation .
He said  the steps have become necessary  because  of  the  need to diversify  the nation’s economy .