Gov Wike Flaunts His Projects To Orji Uzor Kalu, says COVID 19 is not an accuse for any Government not to perform.
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, says no government should use COVID-19 as an excuse not to invest in infrastructural development that can foster economic development and prosperity.
Governor Wike made this assertion during a facility tour of the ultramodern Government House hospital and Administrative building in Port Harcourt by the Senate Chief Whip and former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.
He said Rivers State will not join the league of States that hide under the guise of COVID-19 pandemic to deny their people basic infrastructure like roads which is universally acknowledged as a major contributor to higher economic productivity, growth and trade.
He stated that in the midst of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the State government on Wednesday approved two additional flyovers at the cost of N 12.4 billion to Julius Berger . According to him, investment in these projects have been made possible because of the government’s judicious application of State resources to meet the pressing needs of the people.
Governor Wike applauded Senator Orji Uzor Kalu , who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for visiting Rivers State to assess what his administration is doing to improve the quality of life of the people. He said such bipartisan collaboration is required for the country to move forward.
Senator Kalu after inspection of the Government House hospital and Administrative Building, said Governor Wike’s deliberate investment in crucial infrastructural is commendable.
“All the facilities I have seen here is first class. This is what I can’t even see in Europe. The hospital I have seen , the doctors’ room, the conference centre is something else. I must commend Governor Wike. You see I am a bipartisan person. We need to commend anybody who has done a good job. He is PDP, I am APC.”
The Senate Chief Whip implored the Federal, State and Local authorities to urgently consider it worthwhile to emulate the Rivers State government by investing ultramodern hospital like the one built by the Wike’s administration. According to him, this will help to curtail the huge foreign exchange expended on medical tourism.
He further added: “We are not talking about party, I am talking about conscience and what I have seen. This is fantastic. I have never seen any private hospital in Nigeria or government owned hospital like I have seen in Government House.”