Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike may have joined the list of many other Nigerian politicians who lavishly spend on personal pleasures at the cost of public convenience by acquiring two multi-million naira mobile luxury offices.
The All Progressives Congress (APC), which is main opposition party in the oil-rich state, claims the vehicle cost N150 million, although the actual cost is still unknown. The new automobile luxury office is said to be one of its kind in Nigeria. It is however still unclear the purpose of having this mobile office when the state is said to have one of the most beautiful state houses in Nigeria.
The vehicles were first noticed at the inter-denominational Thanksgiving Service held last Sunday at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium.
Residents of Port Harcourt have been reacting since this new acquisition zoomed through the busy streets of Port Harcourt, some saw it with admiration while many saw it as a waste of tax payers’ money that should have been used to better the lots of the people.
Not surprising though to many as wastefulness seems to be a way of life to many politicians in Nigeria.
Recently, the Senate President was reported to have acquired luxury cars worth billions of naira at a time when the whole country in grinning under harsh economic crisis.
There have been complaints about sudden surge in crime rate in the state as robbers and kidnappers have made the state their haven, but instead of Governor Wike spending to acquire security apparatus to combat crime, he opted for mobile luxury office.
Going by the records, Gov. Nyesom Wike would be the first governor to have purchased a luxury mobile office in Nigeria.
Also recently, the Rivers State Government made moves to stop the funding of overseas scholarship for its students currently enjoying it in various Universities overseas, citing lack of resources as the reason for this move.
The government through the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency, RSSDA, said it will no longer pay the tuition and allowances of the scholars and has consequently advised all of them to return home, with an exception to only those students in their final year ending 2016.