Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has pleaded with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to forgive the state for any wrongdoing which may be the reason for the supposed federal neglect it currently suffers.
Wike made the plea during the maiden delivery of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) to downstream investor, Stockgap Terminal by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Bonny in Port Harcourt.
The governor who noted some issues believed to have warranted federal neglect of the state, said: “Because it’s Rivers, FG has refused funding the Bodo-Bonny Highway even when NLNG has agreed to borne 50% of the (N120Billion) project cost.
“Even if Rivers has done anything wrong, please we are begging, forgive us, but I don’t think we have done anything wrong as Rivers people. Rivers is the better place to invest.
He went on to say “We continue to support every investment brought here and the gratitude we get is that key investors are embracing our confidence to invest here why some people are de-marketing the state.”
The governor also declined his earlier promise to dredge the Bonny channels for ease of vessel movements and in his words asked “What is the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) doing? Rivers government should now be the one to dredge the channels and NPA is busy collecting levies and revenues from marine operators?
“You (FG) are building a new Port in Lagos, but those in Rivers you rendered idle, grounded with no development attention.”