PORT HARCOURT— Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said that he was hopeful that the Federal Government would refund state resources used to execute federal projects in the state.
Wike said that his optimism stems from the fact that the Federal Executive Council, FEC, had sent a verification team to the state in respect of federal projects .
He spoke, yesterday, during a courtesy visit by the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
He said: “I thank the Federal Government for at least coming to verify our claims. We submitted our claims, while some other states have been paid. But we are hopeful.
“We have been submitting several documents on the issue of projects that were executed by the Rivers State Government for the Federal Government. We believe that by this verification visit, we will get paid.”
He said most of the federal projects in question were executed by Dr Peter Odili and the immediate past administration in the state.
He said if the state gets the said funds, they will be channelled towards other developmental projects in the state.
Wike said that the country must move together in unity, because certain issues transcend politics.
Earlier, Nwajiuba informed that the team was in the state in respect of the federal projects verification exercise approved by the FEC.
He said that the team would assess and verify projects that the Rivers State Government completed on behalf of the Federal Government and report back to the FEC.
He noted that FEC raised the committee following official demands by the Rivers State Government on federal projects executed by the state.
The Minister said that the verification team would work with the Rivers State Government to verify the claims.