The APC led federal government has been making frantic moves to sway the perception of the people of Rivers State to voting the party in 2019. These include the location of key projects in different parts of the state.
Last week, the minister of science and technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, during a courtesy call on the state governor, Nyesom Wike, in Government House, Port Harcourt, announced the decision of the federal government to establish a chemical equipment and machinery development institute in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
In his words: “I am here to inform you that the federal ministry of science and technology has established a chemical equipment and machinery development institute, to be located here in Port Harcourt. The ministry has taken a very important decision in line with the policies of President Muhammadu Buhari to move Nigeria away from oil resources to a knowledge-based innovation-driven economy”.
Also penultimate week, the minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, on behalf of the federal government, signed a tripartite agreement between the federal government, the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited, and Julius Berger Plc for the construction of the Bodo/Bonny Road project.
The project which was estimated to cost N120 billion has been lingering for years under different administrations. It is expected to link Bonny Island with the mainland, alongside Andoni and Gokana Local Government areas.
TNN also reliably learnt that there were on-going efforts for the NLNG Train 7 project to come on stream early 2018. These string of projects, knowledgeable sources reveal, were targeted at giving the people of the state, especially Bonny LGA, a sense of belonging and thus swing their votes in favour of the APC come 2019.