Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state says he is ready to work with President Muhammadu Buhari and the federal government to develop the South-South state.
He made this known in a newspaper advert on Monday to thank the President for approving N78.9 billion as reimbursement for the money the state government spent on executing some federal road projects in the state.
The governor has, however, invited the President for a state visit, noting that the gesture has shown Buhari’s love for the people of the state.
“I wish to on behalf of the Government and people of Rivers State appreciate and most sincerely thank you for graciously approving the refund of the sum of 78.9 billion naira to Rivers state Government, as cost of the execution of Federal Government Road projects in Rivers State,” Wike said.
“Let me also through you thank the vice president, His Excellency professor Yemi Osinbajo GCON as well as other members of the Federal Executive Council for the support they provided for our request.
“Mr President has by this remarkable and heart-warming gesture shown not only your love for the Government and people of Rivers State, but also demonstrated expressly that you are indeed a President of every state of the Federation and Nigerians.
“I assure you that Rivers State Government is willing and ever ready to cooperate and partner with the Federal Government to advance the development aspirations of Rivers State in particular, and our nation in general.
“I wish to, therefore, appeal to Mr President to kindly obliged us a State visit, when invited to see what we have accomplished for the state and our people with the money.
“Once again, thank you Mr President, and please, be assured of our profound esteem, as always.”