Following the approval of $1.5 billion for the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said that he will not express excitement over the move by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The Rivers Governor said it was not the first time the Federal Government was making promises, many of which he said were yet to be implemented.
Wike, who spoke on Channels Television programme on Wednesday, said:
We have had a lot of promises, we have had a lot of talks and nothing has materialized.
Recall that the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the plan by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to rehabilitate the Port Harcourt Refinery with $1.5bn.
Governor Wike, further reacting to the development, said that the news was nothing to make anyone jubilate.
According to him, promises of this nature are only pointers to the fact that elections are around the corner.
We have heard these promises and nothing has happened.
If the refinery is going to work, it will improve a lot of economic activities, there will be employment for the people of the state. We will be happy but I am saying that we have had these promises and promises and nothing has happened. So, I don’t want to begin to say hallelujah. Let us wait and see what will happen based on the approval and the statement made by the minister of state, petroleum. We will hold him accountable for it.
We know, even before the (APC) government came into being, they have promised a lot of things and later they come up to say because of these challenges and that, they are not able to fulfill them.
We are going into 2023, so many promises will be made, so many approvals will be made.
Nigerians must wait and see how the government acts on the rehabilitation exercise as promised rather than jump in excitement regarding the approval by the Federal Executive Council, the governor said.