By Babajide Okeowo
Oji Ngofa, Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Netherlands and a chieftain of the All-Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has lambasted Governor Nyesom Wike saying governing a state is not all about building overhead bridges.
This is even as he lamented that the state does not have a governor but a tyrant.
“Look around the state, and you will see that we do not have a governor in Rivers State. There is no governor in Rivers State! And I’ll tell you why, because when you’re elected, the purpose of governance is to bring people together, bring them to cooperate, to find the best ways to get solutions to their common problems.
And democracy as a means of governance also emphasizes that in governance, all you need at all times is the consent of the people, to take the people along; it is the desire of the people. As governor all you do is to represent the collective desires of the people.
“But what do we have today in Rivers State? We have a tyrant; we have an emperor who wants to impose his own brand of tyranny and illiteracy on Rivers State. We have a man who does not understand what governance is all about, who thinks that everything is about politics. The people don’t matter.
“Even when he’s building overhead bridges, he does not understand what we call NEEDS Assessment and feedback of the people. Nothing demonstrates the wastefulness of Gov. Wike’s administration than to Commission four overhead bridges within 200 meters of each other.
What sort of madness is that, who is he trying to impress? That you Commission one flyover at Rumuola, another one at GRA junction, the next day you Commission another one at Mummy B’s Road, and by the way, all of these fall under “urban renewal”. You’re not building any new road, you’re just resurfacing roads built by previous administrations, and the state is run in such a way that the principles of democracy are not adhered to.
“And people expect us, very reasonable, sensible, logical, educated Ogoni people, people expect us to be under that kind of administration? The Ogoni people I know probably are the most educated people in Rivers State. And we are known for saying how we feel, we are known to be bold, we are known for saying it as it is. And that is why the whole world, the whole world knows Ogoni, and I can attest to that as a former Nigerian Ambassador to the royal Kingdom of Netherlands.
“And so, we cannot subject our global vision as a people to a local way of thinking!
“So let me educate Wike that true legacy is not in building overhead bridges, true legacy is lifting people from positions where they’re infective and poor to positions where they’re effective and have abundance. That’s true leadership. There is nobody who cannot award contracts to build roads and overhead bridges, even an idiot can award contracts, but real governance is to think deeply about how to evolve programs that can lift people out of poverty, that can give people education, good health. That’s real governance which is lacking in Rivers State today” he said.