The governor of Rivers State, Ezenwo Nyeson Wike has lampooned the Federal government over alleged politicization of monies mapped out for the fight against coronavirus.
In a statement released to the public, he said it was quite unfortunate that the containment of coronavirus has been politicized by the Federal Government. He noted that while Lagos State received a grant of N10billion as a commercial hub, Rivers as the nation’s oil and gas hub that produces a greater percentage of the nation’s wealth got nothing.
He wondered why Federal Government singled out a state out of 36 States to give support.
In his words,
“Does it mean that support will come when a State has a record of over 50 infected persons before it gets support.
No state should be seen as more important than any other state. This is a Federal Republic. No state is superior to others.”
“Rivers State is entitled to support from the Federal Government. Every day, we are inundated with letters from the Federal Government to allow oil companies to fly in expatriates to drill Oil.”
“Then we ask, what is the status of those coming from Lagos? Nobody has told us their status as regards coronavirus.”
“If they come to come Rivers without us knowing their status, what will be implication assuming they have the virus,” he concluded.