Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the Federal Government has refunded to the State Government the N78bn it spent on federal projects.
Wike stated this during the inauguration of the Isiopko Internal Roads Phase 2 in Ikwerre Local Government Area, performed by the 2019 Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi, on Wednesday.
The governor said the refunded money would be deployed in providing more critical projects across the state to further enhance the socioeconomic life of Rivers people.
Wike, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said he would continue to work in the interest of the state.
“Rivers people, the Federal Government has refunded us the money. I have not touched a dime yet and it is in the bank. I will use it for project execution.
“I kept it to tell those who are making noise to know that I am going to work till the last day in office. I will continue to work for the interest of our people. I’m not resting.
“They need to know that I will make sure what is supposed to be done for the people of Rivers State is done. I will persist until we have improved and changed Rivers State and bring it back to what it’s supposed to be,” he said.
The governor noted that with his level of performance in office, it would be difficult for any other party to take Rivers State away from the PDP because the people knew that such a party could offer nothing to them.
Wike said he had conducted the affairs of state without discrimination, adding that this was demonstrated by his inclusive policy in project distribution.
Obi, who inaugurated the road project, lamented that the Federal Government kept borrowing in the guise of using the money for capital projects, even as he challenged the government to show the projects that such money had been expended on.