AS VP OSINBAJO VISITS RIVERS AND BAYELSA STATES, GOV WIKE SHUNS OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT SUFFERING VICTIMS OF FLOODING IN RIVERS STATE
While the Vice President, His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, today (Friday) visited some flooded communities in Rivers and Bayelsa States to give hope and succour to victims of flooding in the two states, Gov. Nyesom Wike and his government officials were ostensibly absent even if the governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson was personally present as the Vice President toured the affected communities in both States.
It is noteworthy to mention that despite the absence of Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, Arc. Tonye Patrick Cole and a number of APC chieftains in the State among whom were Rivers West Senatorial Candidate of the party, Hon. Asita Honourable and Free Rivers President, Engr. Sampson Ngerebara were also on hand to receive the VP and his team.
The only visible presence of Rivers State Government was the Deputy Governor, Dame Ipalibo Harry who was at the Port Harcourt International Airport to merely receive the VP on arrival and returned to bid him farewell at the end of the visit as strictly required by protocol.
While Prof. Osinbajo and Gov. Seriake Dickson undertook the visit by means of a chopper from the Port Harcourt International Airport, APC Chieftains including Arc Tonye Cole were on hand at Mbiama to receive the VP and his entourage. Thereafter, Arc. Cole and Gov. Dickson accompanied the VP to visit Internally Displaced Persons camps in Mbiama and Akinama in Rivers State after the VP had done aerial assessment of the affected communities in Bayelsa State.
Rivers APC profoundly thanks the VP, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari for this kind gesture of visiting the flood affected areas and the victims. We are convinced beyond doubt that the promised intervention will be swift in coming to cushion the excruciating suffering of victims of the devastating flooding.
It must be mentioned that whereas the APC has been nudging the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, to show compassion by visiting the flooded communities and the victims so as to assess and assuage their needs, the governor simply underlined his lack of duty of care that a governor owes his people by shunning a golden opportunity to latch on to the window provided by the visit of the VP. This goes to confirm that the governor has no compassionate heart expected of a governor. It underscores that Gov Wike is totally bereft of what governance entails. For him, politics is the beginning and the end of everything. Indeed, what this explains is that governor Wike has no business being a councillor much more a governor of a state.
(Source: Chris Finebone, State Publicity Secretary)
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Osinbajo commended Wike
Osinbajo commends Rivers State Govt for measures to mitigate the impact of Ahoada West flood disaster.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has commended the Rivers State Government for measures taken to mitigate the impact of the flood disaster on the people of Ahoada West Local Government Area.
Speaking during an assessment visit to Mbiama and Akinima towns in Ahoada West Local Government Area on Friday, Professor Osinbajo said that the Rivers State Government has done well to contain the flood disaster.
He said: “I want to thank the State Government for what they have done so far. They have tried to contain the problem”.
He added that NEMA has been working with the Rivers State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to tackle the crisis.
The Vice President said that the masses visit is to ensure that the Federal Government responds appropriately to the flood disaster.
He added that the Federal Government will work with the Rivers State Government to resettle the people and plan for the future.
He informed that the Federal Government will work towards dredging the River in the area.
Chairman of Ahoada West Local Government Area, Evangelist Hope Ikiriko said that the Rivers State Government and the Local Government administration worked to re-locate displaced persons to higher ground.
He said that the State Government and Ahoada West Local Government Area have developed six internally displaced persons camps, while work is ongoing for two more camps.