Don't use COVID-19 as excuse for non-performance, Wike tells governors

Don't use COVID-19 as excuse for non-performance, Wike tells governors

- Governor Wike has said that his government would continue to develop Rivers state

- Wike declared this on Thursday, February 18, during the commissioning of a project in the state

- The PDP chieftain, however, warned other governors not to hide under COVID-19 for non-performance

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has warned the Nigerian governors not to use COVID-19 as an excuse not to invest in infrastructural development that can foster economic development and prosperity.

The Nation reports that Wike spoke during a facility tour of the ultramodern Government House hospital and Administrative building in Port Harcourt by the Senate chief whip and former, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu. gathered that he said Rivers would not join the league of states that hide under the guise of COVID-19 pandemic to deny their people basic infrastructures like roads acknowledged universally as a major contributor to higher economic productivity, growth and trade.

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Don't use COVID-19 as excuse for non-performance, Wike tells governors
Governor Nyesom Wike warned Nigerian governors not to use COVID-19 as excuse for non-performance. Credit: @GovWike
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The governor explained that his administration had conscientiously been investing in high-quality infrastructure that had positive economic value to stimulate job creation, boost foreign direct investment in the state.

He said in the midst of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the state government on Wednesday, February 18, approved two additional flyovers at the cost of N 12.4bn to Julius Berger.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that Governor Wike denied playing down the possibility of Bola Tinubu emerging as president of Nigeria in 2023.

It was reported that the governor was earlier reported to have told journalists on Thursday, February 4, that the presidency would be way out of the reach of the national leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the next general elections.

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Wike was said to have advised the politician to forget about pursuing the presidency and channel his energy to other profitable ventures.

In a related report, Orji Uzor Kalu, the Senate chief whip, declared that the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, would soon join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The senator made the declaration while addressing journalists after Wike had led him on a project inspection around Port Harcourt, the state capital on Thursday, February 18.

The APC chieftain, who commended Wike for his investments in critical infrastructure, called on the governor to work harmoniously with the party.


Wale Akinola is a passionate journalist and researcher. He works as a senior political/current affairs editor at He holds both B.A and Master’s degree in Communications and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan. He also holds a Diploma Certificate in Peace Journalism. He has over 15 years of work experience in both print and online media. He derives joy in keeping the public abreast of current happenings locally and internationally through his writings.


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