Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said that the $1.5 billion approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the rehabilitation of Port Harcourt Refinery is nothing to make anyone jubilate.
He noted that Nigerians have heard promises of this nature and nothing happened, adding that they are only pointers to the fact that elections are around the corner.
Wike who was a guest on Channels programme Politics Today, said it was not the first time the Federal Government would be making such promises, many of which, he said, had not been implemented.
The governor said that rather than jump in excitement regarding the approval by the FEC, Nigerians must wait and see how the government acts on the rehabilitation plan as promised.
“We have had a lot of promises. We have had a lot of talks and nothing has materialized,” the governor said.
“If the refinery is going to work, it will improve a lot of economic activities. There will be employment for the people of the state. We will be happy, but I am saying that we have had these promises and nothing has happened.
“So, I don’t want to begin to say hallelujah. Let us wait and see what will happen based on the approval and the statement made by the minister of state, petroleum. We will hold him accountable for it.
“We know, even before the (APC) government came into being, they had promised a lot of things and later, they said because of these challenges and that, they are not able to fulfill them.
“We are going into 2023. So many promises will be made. So, many approvals will be made.”