By Anayo Onukwugha, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike has advised the All
Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government to treat all
geo-political zones of the country with fairness to enhance the unity
of the country.
He reiterated his call for the release of funds from the Excess Crude
account to tackle critical environmental challenges in the Niger
Delta because there will be no excess crude funds without the
contributions of the oil producing communities of the Niger Delta.
Wike spoke yesterday when the House of Representatives Committee on
Local Content paid him a courtesy call, at Government House, Port
The governor said, “There should be balance in the way the Federal
Government handles issues affecting different parts of the country.
“We are not saying that the Federal Government should not tackle Boko
Haram. But as they tackle Boko Haram with $1billion, they must
remember that the environmental challenges facing the Niger Delta is
the major security challenge.
“If something happens or there is a crisis in the Niger Delta, there
will be no excess crude for anyone to draw from”.
Wike stated that issues of development and security should not be
politicised, because political parties are mere vehicles that convey
politicians to desired destinations.
The governor said, “This country belongs to all of us. We must work to
salvage Nigeria. We shall always talk about the interest of Nigeria”.
He commended the House of Representatives Committee on Local Content
for their contribution towards ensuring that Shell Plc did not leave
Earlier, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Local
Content, Mr Emmanuel Ekon thanked Governor Wike for providing the
quality leadership that has revived the nation’s main opposition
Ekon, who stated that prior to the revival of the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP), Nigeria was heading for a one-party state, said
“Governor Wike by his contributions, provided an alternative for all
politicians, even those in the APC”.
The federal lawmaker said that the committee members were in the state
for a two-day retreat.
He said that the interventions of the Local Content Committee have
led to the creation of several jobs for Nigerians. He added that
several illegal expatriates have also been deported.