By PRECIOUS IBINABO DAVIDS, Port Harcourt
Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) considers herself as the beautiful bride and sole platform through which Rivers State will be liberated from the shackles of the demonic, bloodletting, misrule and bad governance currently the lots of our people under the watch of Governor Nyesom Wike.
“The party notes with gladness that with the cream of seasoned Technocrats, political leaders, bureaucrats and some of the best brains of Rivers State considering the party as the only platform to use to actualise their dreams for better and greater Rivers State the liberation of the State is now more feasible than ever. The party not minding the numerous high class candidates desiring to fly the flag of the party; she pledges a level playing ground to all her candidates during the primaries.”
The party in a statement circulated on Monday in Port Harcourt by Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, the Media Consultant to Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya the State Chairman of Rivers APC to media organizations further stated that the Wike’s visionless administration in Rivers State has brought more harm, hardship and shame to the State than any other administration since the creation of the state in 1967.
“Apart from ensuring that our civil servants and pensioners are not paid their entitlements when due, Wike’s misguided administration could not provide any employment to any Rivers State son or daughter throughout two years plus of its governance. As if these atrocities were not enough, Wike succeeded to turn Rivers State into Rivers of blood and Port Harcourt from the garden city status to Port Harcourt city of garbage and dustbin even as he has ensured that all the industries and facilities put up by the administration of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to reposition the State as an emerging great economic power in Africa are either vandalised or rendered redundant. This lack of vision and unpreparedness to govern by Wike makes the 2019 rescue mission imperative”, the party further stated.
Buttressing how Wike has ruined the economy of Rivers State, the party expressed sadness that the Songhai farm located at Bunu-Tai/Ban-Ogoi in Tai Local Council covering over 314 hectares of land that was introduced after studying the Songhai Centre in Porto Novo, Benin Republic including the Songhai Rivers Initiative Farm (SRIF), which is 20 times the size of its prototype in Porto Novo and the biggest agricultural training project/programme in the country has been vandalised and put out of use by Wike’s administration.
2. The party notes that the Fish Farms at Buguma Andoni, Ubima and Opobo with total production capacity of these farms at 5,000 tons per annum all commissioned and operational before Amaechi left office in 2015 have been rendered redundant by the Wike’s administration.
3. As if the above harms were not enough, the Banana Plantation Development Initiative aimed at the cultivation, production and export of banana for commercial purposes in partnership with San Carlos Nig. Ltd with about 6,000,000 boxes of banana produced annually and marketed locally and internationally with 2,000 hectares of land acquired for the project at Khana and Tai LGAs were all destroyed by the Wike’s administration.
“With all these diabolical acts, Wike has destabilised the goals of most of these industries that include creating employment opportunities for the people of Rivers State, promoting enterprise development especially amongst the younger generation, promoting research in new agricultural techniques and varieties, encouraging skills transfer and adopting appropriate technology by local farmers, enhancing agricultural production and value addition, building interest in commercial farming and facilitating agro-tourism in the state” the statement stressed
The party noted with dismay that, “Wike did not stop at some of the above crimes against Rivers State, as he ensured that all the modern and model schools constructed, completed and operational by the administration of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi are kept under lock and key and to complete his destructive act against the educational future of our youths, he ordered the sacking of all the 13,200 teachers employed by the administration of Amaechi and stopped all the scholarship schemes both foreign and local.
The party postulated that these are some of the crimes committed by the Wike’s administration and urged all Rivers State people to team up with the party to liberate State by electing an APC government that will ensure not only the revival of some of these great feats but restore the glory of their educational sector through the restoration of the scholarship schemes scuttled by Wike.