Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers state said on Wednesday that the federal government is overbearing and has too much powers, blaming that for the underdevelopment of states in the country.
Wike also said that state governors should no longer be addressed as Chief Security Officers, but mere Chief Logistic Officers who only provide logistics for Federal Security agencies.
“Developments in Rivers State in the last few months point to the capture of the State’s security system by some special interest groups in their attempt to overawe the State Government and achieve their political agenda,” said the governor in an address to the Executive Intelligence Management Course (EIMC) 9 at the Institute of Security Service (ISS), Abuja.
Issues which Wike blamed for the frequent rifts between the federal and state governments include revenue sharing, resource control, excess crude oil account, appointments into federal agencies and arbitrary location or withdrawal of federally-funded projects.
In his paper titled “Institutional weaknesses and challenges of development in Rivers State,” the governor argued that Federal Government agencies have been turned against state and local governments by constituting themselves into a stumbling block as they deliberately embark on unconstitutional activities that stall development.
He said that Rivers State has been at the receiving end of the failures of Federal institutions as no new projects have been instituted in the state by the Federal Government for years.
He noted that the centralization of security and the poor use of the security agencies have negatively impacted on the development of Rivers State, with several anti-people measures instituted to work against the peace of the state.
“I am presently working with the fifth Commissioner of Police since I assumed office barely a year ago. Indeed, things have gone so bizarre that senior officers who had had political brushes with me now head every sensitive police formation in the State,” he said.