By David Ejiohuo
Rivers State Government during the week, dismissed as false and unfounded, the rumor making the rounds that it was heavily indebted to her numerous contractors.
The State Commissioner for Works, Mr. Dunamene Dekor, said the rumor was false and frivolous because the State Government did not owe any of her contractors, even as at the time of going to the press.
Speaking with the journalists at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, the Commissioner pointed out that the rumor was the usual falsehood coming from the pit of hell and tended to tarnish the good image of the Governor of the State.
The Rivers State Government, he emphasized, was such in good stead with her that they (contractors) are currently in their sites. “It is on record that we are not owing the Contractors and it is equally on record that we pay as at when due and that is why all our contractors are on site and our jobs are in progress”.
According to Mr. Dekor, the rumor was unfounded because the State Government had even paid the contractors for the jobs it inherited from the previous administration.
On the alleged complains that the indigenous contractors were sidelined for the multi-Nationals, the Commissioner equally dismissed it as false and unfunded because according to him, the State Government vetted the contractors that applied for its jobs and engaged anyone that had what it takes to deliver. “We engage contractors that are found worthy and among them, you see both the multi-Nationals and the indigenous ones”.
The Commissioner used the opportunity and appealed to the various committees whose projects have been marked but not executed to be patient with the State Government.
The Government of Governor Nyesom Wike, he noted, inherited so much infrastructural decay and abandoned projects and was taking time to address them holistically.
According to him, the persistent economic situation in the country was not making it easy for the Government to address all of them as expected.