Wike: Why I suspended Wachukwu

Wike: Why I suspended Wachukwu

Saturday, April 2, 2016 3:51 pm


Wike in cream safari suit at a project site toady

Wike in cream safari suit at a project site toady

Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has explained why he suspended Kevin Wachukwu, the  Commissioner for Works indefinitely Friday.

He accused Wachukwu of  negligence, dereliction of duty,especially his failure to monitor projects effectively.

He gave the explanation while addressing Journalists after inspecting some road projects Saturday,

According to Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media,”On the  suspension  of  the  Works Commissioner,  Governor  Wike  said  he was at three project  sites on Friday  only to notice that the Works Commissioner  failed to deploy site engineers to monitor  the  execution  of  the  contracts from the standpoint  of the state government.

“This is the time to deliver good governance  to the people  of  Rivers State and I will not tolerate negligence  of duty. The failure  to  deploy site engineers to  three project  sites means that the government  and  people  of  the  state can be short-changed  via poor quality  delivery. The contracts have provision for site engineers and project vehicles. There was no reason  why it was not enforced.

“If I am  always at project sites supervising  the quality and pace of work,  there is no reason why the commissioner  should not do the same. This goes to other Commissioners.  We are in the era of governance and every official  must work for the people of  the state “.

Wike has also announced  that  the state government  will  construct a central abattoir  for the state capital that will cater for  the  needs of Port Harcourt  City and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas.

Addressing  journalists  in Port Harcourt  on Saturday after visiting  the  site of the new central  abattoir ,  Governor  Wike  said  other abattoirs in Port Harcourt  and Obio/Akpor  Local Government Areas  will be closed when the central  abattoir  to be located  at Elelenwo-Akpajo road is completed.

The governor  noted  that  the  new abattoir  will have modern slaughter  facilities and open  stalls for  small vegetable and other traders.

He also inspected  construction  work on the  second Nkpogu-NLNG bridge and the  Peter Odili road.

At the  Nkpogu-NLNG  bridge, Governor  Wike  charged the contractor, MCC construction  Limited to ensure  quality  execution  of  the  project.

The governor who  was accompanied  on  the  Saturday  project  inspection by Former Deputy Governor , Tele Ikuru, Member-elect Port Harcourt Federal Constituency 1, Mr Ken Chikere, Chairman  of  MCC,  Senator  John Mbata,  Senator  Lee Maeba, Chairman of Rivers State PDP,  Felix Obuah, Chief Sergeant Awuse, Chief of  Staff to the Governor,  Engineer Emeka Woke,  State Lawmakers,  Victor Ihunwo and Major Jack.

Okafor Ofiebor can be reached at:[email protected]

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