The Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has declared that it is time to play the politics of stomach infrastructure in the State.
According to a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, Wike, who spoke at the inauguration of the Oro-Abali flyover, at the Kaduna Street Junction, along the Port Harcourt-Aba Expressway in Port Harcourt, said that he has secured the promised economic growth for the State.
Wike explained that his administration, having invested in physical infrastructure, which, according to him, is expected to bring economic growth and engender socio-economic development, it was necessary to pay attention to the people, adding that his works have been attracting investors to the State.
He further stated that people have been criticizing him for not “sharing money” from when he was elected but added that having worked for the people of the State, it is now time to feed the stomach.
According to him, “this is the time we have to play politics of stomach infrastructure.
“People think when you are in government, from that first day, you should be sharing money, I said I will not do that. I have to work for the people of the state.
“Now that we have worked, the remaining period is now to feed your stomach. I said be patient, there is time for everything. Now the time has come for your faces to be changed because I can see your faces are already dry”.
The Governor, however, explained that the “stomach infrastructure” will be in the form of empowerment that would reach those even at the local government level.
“There is time for everything. Now, the time has come. We have to start to empower our people. The empowerment is for those who have been patient.
“So, every local government, every community will have a pattern of how we are to empower our people.
“As a government, when there is unemployment, some people bring out what they called welfare scheme to be able to cushion the level of poverty in the society. That is what we are going to apply here,” he said.