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Coronavirus: We can’t accept expired rice, hunger won’t kill us – Wike tells Nigerian government

The Governor of Rivers State, Barrister Nyesom Wike has just said he is not interested in getting accolades from the Federal Government in his bid to protect Rivers State from being ravaged by COVID-19.

The Rivers State Governor made this known during a statewide broadcast on Friday, while also speaking on the effort of the state government towards eliminating COVID-19 from the state.

On the distribution of palliatives from the federal government, Wike said he rejected the over 1000 bags of rice because they were expired, adding that it was wrong for the Federal government to have asked Rivers State to go and take delivery of the trucks of rice in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

He also stated that the disbursement of palliatives to states to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus was selective and laced with bias.

Wike further berated the federal government’s swift response to Kano’s situation despite ignoring several earlier appeals from the Rivers State Government.

He noted that he was amazed that less than 48 hours after Kano State complained, the government intervened and gave them the needed support.

“What happened in Kano again tells you the inconsistencies and the kind of role the federal government plays. It is really unfortunate.

“When I said the federal government has not supported us, people want to bring down my head. Kano State Governor cried for help and in 48 hours, the president did a broadcast and provided support for the state.

“If they have responded to our request, we would have commended them. What crime have I committed. Is it that Kano state is more important than Rivers state or what?

“That is what happens. Is it that Rivers state is not part of Nigeria? There are those that are bigger than the country. There are also those they don’t see as part of Nigeria.

“They said we should go to Calabar and carry rice. Rice that is expired. How would they even ask us to go to Calabar? If you want to give us something, you bring it. We can’t go to Calabar. We know that our people are hungry, but hunger will not kill us,” he said.

Governor Wike also said the state will review its permit for the movement of oil workers because many oil companies have been flouting the state’s orders.

The Rivers State Governor, therefore, assured that his administration will continue to do its best to protect the people from COVID-19.

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Governor Wike also said the state will review its permit for the movement of oil workers because many oil companies have been flouting the state’s orders.

The Rivers State Governor, therefore, assured that his administration will continue to do its best to protect the people from COVID-19.

He noted that he was amazed that less than 48 hours after Kano State complained, the government intervened and gave them the needed support.

“What happened in Kano again tells you the inconsistencies and the kind of role the federal government plays. It is really unfortunate.

“When I said the federal government has not supported us, people want to bring down my head. Kano State Governor cried for help and in 48 hours, the president did a broadcast and provided support for the state.

“If they have responded to our request, we would have commended them. What crime have I committed. Is it that Kano state is more important than Rivers state or what?

“That is what happens. Is it that Rivers state is not part of Nigeria? There are those that are bigger than the country. There are also those they don’t see as part of Nigeria.

“They said we should go to Calabar and carry rice. Rice that is expired. How would they even ask us to go to Calabar? If you want to give us something, you bring it. We can’t go to Calabar. We know that our people are hungry, but hunger will not kill us,” he said.

Governor Wike also said the state will review its permit for the movement of oil workers because many oil companies have been flouting the state’s orders.

The Rivers State Governor, therefore, assured that his administration will continue to do its best to protect the people from COVID-19.

WIKE INSPECTS THE LOCK-DOWN IN RIVER STATE

It has been witnessed that the Governor of Rivers State has been coming out within the axis of Obio-Akpor LGA in Port Harcourt to inspect the total lock-down which he announced recently.

According to witness it is said that he wants to make sure that people are abiding by the rules in order to contain the spread of the virus, he wants to make sure that the city is secured.

This was a very good thing and a welcome development as the people appreciated his actions, although some of them still recall his harshness towards the lock down few weeks ago when he announced the lock-down, and in his statement he said, that some of the citizens and Indigenous who live in Rivers State, who do not have anything to to survive with, he said if they don’t have food, they should go ahead and drink garri.

That statement made a lot of people disappointed in him, those we interviewed (names withheld) stated that as a Governor he shouldn’t have said such, rather he should have made sure his people are well taken care of during this hard time, but then, his recent action has just proved to the people ones again that he is really a caring Governor who puts others first.

As Compiled and Written by Knight Fredel

For WONDER PLANET E-NEWSPAPER

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