Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused the Federal Government of politicising the fight against the spread of the coronavirus in the country, describing the selective support to States, as unfortunate.
Wike, who spoke in a broadcast on Sunday, condemned the exclusion of Rivers State from the Federal Government grants in the fight against the coronavirus.
He said that despite the exclusion, the Federal Government has continued to endanger the State, by flying Expatriates into the State.
His words: “It is quite unfortunate that the containment of the coronavirus has been politicised by the Federal Government.
“While Lagos State received a grant of N10 billion, as a commercial hub, Rivers State as the nation’s oil and gas hub that produces a greater percentage of the nation’s wealth, has not received any support from the Federal Government.
“One wonders why the Federal Government should single out a State out of 36 States, to give support.
“Does it mean that support will come when a State has a record of over 50 infected persons, before it gets support?
“No State should be seen as more important than any other State. This is a Federal Republic. No State is superior to others.
“Rivers State is entitled to support from the Federal Government. Everyday, we are inundated with letters from the Federal Government, to allow Oil companies to fly in Expatriates to drill Oil.
“Then we ask, what is the status of those coming from Lagos? Nobody has told us their status as regards the coronavirus.
“If they come to come Rivers without us knowing their status, what will be the implication, assuming they have the virus.”