Refund Of N78b: Excited Gov Wike Invites Buhari To A State Visit

Governor Nyesome Wike
Governor Nyesome Wike

In what appears as rapprochement, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike seems to be mellowing down over his dog-cat relationship with the APC-led Federal Government.

This follows the refund of N78 billion to Rivers Government for repairs of Federal roads in the state.

In reciprocation, Wike of PDP has extended olive branch to President Muhammadu Buhari by inviting him to a state visit in Rivers.

In his Twitter handle, Wike “thanks @MBuhari for N78bn refund, invites him for state visit.”

Recall that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved a refund of N148 billion spent on reconstruction of some federal roads in five states by affected state governments.

A breakdown of the funds and their beneficiaries are: Rivers (N78.953); Bayelsa (N38.040 billion); Cross River (N18.394 billion); Ondo (N7.822 billion); Osun (N2.468 billion).

Briefing State House reporters at the end of the virtual FEC meeting in Abuja, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, said the approval was the fallout of a memorandum presented to the council by the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola.

Mohammed said “So, the committee went back with new terms of reference to ensure that the claims of the five states were in order. That is why the BPP is on the committee.”

According to him, “Rivers with three roads and three flyover bridges is to get a refund of N78,953,067,518.29.”