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Federal Government Has Refused To Refund Rivers Funds Spent On Federal Projects - Gov. Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that Rivers State is the only State of the Federation that the Federal Government has refused to refund monies  used  to execute Federal Projects.

Governor Wike also  noted that Rivers State is the only State that the Federal Government has failed to pay funds that accrue to it from PAYEE. 

Speaking during  a Solidarity Visit by Rivers State Traditional Rulers at the Government House Port Harcourt on Thursday, Governor Wike regretted that politics have been placed above due process  under the current  dispensation. 

He said: "I am not one of the Governors who will sell their people  because  they are struggling  for relevance. 

"Of all the 36 States of the Federation, it is only Rivers State that they refused to refund resources used to execute  Federal projects. 

"Rivers State  is also the only State that they refused to return PAYEE funds that accrued  to the State ".

The Governor  said despite the refusal of the Federal Government to pay funds that are due to Rivers State, he will not bow  to anybody.  He said even if the funds are not remitted during his tenure, the state will ultimately get it from the Federal Government. 

Speaking further, Governor Wike said that his administration has resolved  to fight for the restoration of all oil blocks belonging  to Rivers State. 

He informed  the Traditional Rulers that his administration  will give Staff of Office and Certificates of Recognition to all Recognised Traditional Rulers as part of his first one hundred days in office. 

He added that his administration will also distribute official vehicles  to Traditional Rulers recognised  by the Rivers State Government.  He said that the vehicles will be distributed in phases, beginning  with  First Class Traditional Rulers. 

Governor Wike reiterated his declaration that the State Government has no land for RUGA settlements. 

He urged  Traditional Rulers to work with the Rivers State Government to improve security of lives and property. 

Earlier, the Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and Amayanabo of Opobo, King Douglas Dandeson Jaja said they were in the Government House  to congratulate the Rivers State Governor on his victory at the Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal and the Supreme Court. 

He commended  the Rivers State Governor for setting up Operation Sting, which has improved security  across the State.  He said  that Traditional Rulers will support  Operation Sting in their respective communities. 

King Douglas Dandeson Jaja said that the Rivers  State  Council of Traditional Rulers totally  support the governor's decision  not to give Rivers land for RUGA settlements.