By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT—A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State, Prince Emma Anyanwu, has described as petty, the attacks by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state against recent borrowing by the Rivers State Government.
Anyanwu who spoke in Port Harcourt, yesterday, said that the government had no choice but to borrow to execute ongoing projects in the state since it met an empty treasury on assumption of office on May 29 last year.
According to him, the loans taken by the government were already being paid from internally generated revenue, IGR, adding that they were also being used to fund various projects in the state.
“The government inherited nothing from the past administration. So, the governor has to borrow to deliver his campaign promises since there is a drop in the allocation coming to the state. The former government awarded contracts everywhere and abandoned them.
“Go to Borokiri and see what the Nyesom Wike government has done. Nobody knew that roads in Borokiri could ever be constructed. But Wike has done the wonders. It is the same story on Rumuolumeni Road. People were trekking miles to their houses after parking their vehicles miles away from their houses because of the bad roads. But now, they all drive to their houses because Wike fixed the roads. He has done several roads since he came on board. You hear people say that Wike has done in one year what Amaechi could not do in eight years.”
He also commended Governor Wike for the street lights on several major roads in the state.
On insecurity, Prince Anyanwu blamed opposition party for the problem of cultism in the state, stressing that the state government was already addressing the issue in partnership with security agencies.