The multi-billion naira monorail project under construction by immediate past administration in Rivers State is about to be ditched by the present administration of Governor Nyesom Wike. Speaking on national television programme, Sunrise, Governor Wike gave the hint by saying that the people of the state does not want the project to continue. He explained that despite his administration’s commitment to complete projects abandoned by Rotimi Amaechi administration, the monorail would not be included.
According to him, Rivers people have told him not to touch the monorail project left behind by the other government. Wike further explained that his administration had set up measures to improve security in the state by funding security interventions and providing logistics for security agencies. He lamented that the state had been affected by the regular transfer of security chiefs from the state, blaming Amaechi for the development.
“I won’t make a promise that I will not fulfill, I don’t politicize development. My interest is to deliver the best for Rivers people. In spite of distractions, we have succeeded in completing many projects abandoned by the previous government. We also have cleared the backlog of unpaid salaries and pensions left by the previous government.”
The governor added that his administration have restored the judiciary and reopened courts shut down by the previous government. According to him, the Federal Government needs to allow security chiefs remain in Rivers State to do their jobs. However, in reaction to the position of Wike on the monorail project, Mr. Tolofari George, who was the Commissioner for Transport during Rotimi Amaechi regime defended the project, saying:
“The monorail is a laudable project that should be continued because it is a catalyst to jump-start our local economy and place Rivers State at the forefront of transport infrastructural development. The vision is to take the monorail up to the airport in future traversing the city. A lot of River’s taxpayers’ monies have been sunk into that project that it should not be allowed to die. But Wike has chosen to play politics with that project and it is most unfortunate,” Mr George said.