Political Blackmail: Federal Agencies Intent On Distracting RSG Says Governor Wike

Political Blackmail: Federal Agencies Intent On Distracting RSG Says Governor Wike
RSG, Norway to partner on agriculture and economic development programmes
Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has berated  Federal Agencies  for being involved  in desperate political blackmail  against  the  state for the purpose  of  slowing down its rapid  development.
Governor Wike stated that agents of the Federal Government are unhappy  that Rivers as an opposition  state is leading  in terms of projects execution.
He spoke on Thursday  at the Government House, Port Harcourt when he granted audience to the Norwegian Ambassador to  Nigeria,  Jens-Peter Kjemprud.
He said: “Don’t  bother about the politicking. As an opposition state, when you are doing well in terms of project execution  and good governance, the Federal Government  blackmails you to drive away investors.
“We are focused on our goal of developing our state. Therefore, we shall  continue to  partner with foreign and national  investors to develop  the  Rivers economy “.
He urged the Norwegian  Government  to partner with the Rivers State Government  in the setting up of Ship Building  Company, pointing  out  that investing companies  will receive tax relief.
The governor also called  for partnership  in the area of agriculture, saying that Rivers State will provide the enabling environment  for  commercial agriculture investors, both in fishing and crop production.
“The establishment of a ship building company will build the skill base of youths, create employment  opportunities and enhance  the  economy of the State.  That is why we are happy with the development  of  this partnership “, the governor said.
He also called on Norway  to set up a visa centre in Port Harcourt  to cater for the South-South and South-East.
Earlier, the Ambassador of Norway to Nigeria, Jens-Peter Kjemprud said that Norway will support human capital development and Technology transfer  in her relationship with Rivers State.
He said: “I will be supportive of any project that will enhance  the  economic  development of Rivers State wherein Norwegian companies will be  involved “.
He assured the Rivers State Governor  that summits that will be beneficial to to the state  in the areas of fish farming and the  development of a sound aquaculture.
The Norwegian Ambassador added that Norway would also collaborate with Rivers State Government in the areas of energy, ship building and manpower development.