The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike said federal agencies were allegedly using desperate political blackmail against the state in order to frustrate its rapid development drive.
According to the governor, agents of the federal government were sad that Rivers as an opposition state was leading in terms of projects execution.
Wike made the claim yesterday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, when he played host to the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Jens-Peter Kjemprud.
He said, “Don’t bother about the politicking. As an opposition state, when you are doing well in terms of project execution and good governance, the federal government blackmails you to drive away investors.
“We are focused on our goal of developing our state. Therefore, we shall continue to partner with foreign and national investors to develop the Rivers economy.”
He urged the Norwegian government to, “partner with the Rivers State government in the setting up of Ship Building Company, pointing out that investing companies will receive tax relief.
“The establishment of a ship building company will build the skill base of youths, create employment opportunities and enhance the economy of the State. That is why we are happy with the development of this partnership.”
Wike also called on Norway to set up a visa centre in Port Harcourt to cater for the South- South and South-East.