Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike has sacked the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Transportation Mr Samuel Eguma for spending money without approval.
Special assistant to the governor on electronic media Simeon Nwakaudu in a press statement, Friday in Port Harcourt, said Governor Wike’s action is to serve as deterrent to other government officials who spend funds without approval.
In a related development, the state governor has assured that his administration would cooperate with private sector to revive the manufacturing sector.
Speaking during commissioning of the new Alcon Nigeria Limited Low Voltage Panels Assembly Plant in Port Harcourt, Wike declared that his administration would work with the private sector to revive the manufacturing sector of the state.
The governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Ipalibo Harry Banigo, said that his administration is committed to creating the right environment for investors to develop more factories in Rivers state.
“The Rivers state government will cooperate with the private sector to revive our manufacturing sector. Our commitment is to revive the Trans Amadi Industry Layout.
“The ultimate goal is to generate employment opportunities for our youths. As we continue to encourage private investors to come to the state. We urge them to look towards our youths for skilled labour, as most of them are qualified,” he said.
Wike urged the organised private sector to form a pressure group to prevail on the federal government to revive the two ports in Rivers state.
He said that once the two Rivers ports become functional, they would take off the unnecessary pressure on Lagos Ports, thereby expanding the National Economy.
Speaking further he said: “I want to call on the leadership of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) to work with other stakeholders to form a pressure group to prevail on the federal government to make our seaports functional in Rivers state. That way, the revival of our manufacturing sector will be made easier.”