Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State has condemned the blowing up of pipelines in the Niger Delta by militants, saying that the act is not in the interest of the region as it negatively affects revenue that accrue to the states for development.
The governor also disclosed that in the next few weeks, he will flag off the dualization of the Saakpenwa-Bori road to serve Ogoni communities.
He said states of the Niger Delta will work with the Federal Government and Security agencies to ensure stoppage of pipelines destruction by militants.
In an interview with German Television, ARD, in Port Harcourt on Thursday, Governor Wike said: “Blowing up pipelines will further decrease our revenue, which affect payment of salaries and development projects.
“Blowing up pipelines will not solve any of our development challenges. As a servant of the people, I know that there is no need for insecurity. I will never support those who claim to be responsible for pipelines vandalism “.
He said that all those who have issues, of any kind, should embrace dialogue as violence will not lead to the solution of the challenges in the area.
While noting that the revenue of the state has dwindled, he said that his administration has judiciously used scarce resources to develop the state and earn the trust of the people.
“We have had dramatic total transformation of roads in the state. We are in the process of rehabilitating and equipping general hospitals in the three senatorial zones, setting up boarding schools and developing our security infrastructure for further development”, he said.
According to Wike, if previous administrations had used funds judiciously, development challenges being faced in the state would have been reduced.
Commenting on Bodo clean up, the governor said it should be sustained in the interest of the future of the people and their health.
He said that the Rivers State Government is in support of Shell Development Paying compensation to the people of Bodo over the negative impact of oil spills.