…The Governor said Rivers State is eager to work with Federal Government to develop the state
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday has thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the N78.9 billion as repayment for the amount spent on completing some federal road projects in the state.
The Governor also utilised the avenue to invite the president for a state visit.
The federal government had approved the payment of N78.9 billion as reimbursement for the amount spent on executing some federal road projects in the state, including Port Harcourt-Owerri road.
The approval for the refund was granted at the virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by the President on June 3.
Wike showed his gratitude to the president for approving the refund, adding that the gesture has shown Buhari’s love for the people of the state and as a president for all.
The governor also revealed that his administration is eager to partner with the federal government to develop the state.
“I wish to on behalf of the government and people of Rivers State appreciate and most sincerely thank you for graciously approving the refund of the sum of N78.9 billion to Rivers State Government, as cost of the execution of federal government road projects in Rivers State,” Wike said.
“Let me also through you thank the Vice President, His Excellency Professor Yemi Osinbajo as well as other members of the Federal Executive Council for the support they provided for our request.
“Mr. President has by this remarkable and heart-warming gesture shown not only your love for the government and people of Rivers State, but also demonstrated expressly that you are indeed a president of every state of the federation and Nigerians.
“I assure you that Rivers State Government is willing and ever ready to cooperate and partner the federal government to advance the development aspirations of Rivers State in particular, and our nation in general.
“I wish to, therefore, appeal to Mr. President to kindly obliged us a state visit, when invited to see what we have accomplished for the state and our people with the money.
“Once again, thank you Mr President, and please, be assured of our profound esteem, as always.”