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Dakuku Peterside condemns Wike’s revocation of P/H hotel’s C of O

                                       
Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General of NIMASA
The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety
Agency, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Petetside, has berated Rivers State Governor, Mr.
Nyesom Wike, over his recent revocation of the Certificate of Occupancy (C of
O) of Novotel Hotel in Port Harcourt. 

Peterside, who described Wike’s action as worse traits of fascism,
however, said he had forewarned Rivers people and the international community,
saying: “In 2015, I warned Rivers people, the international and business
community that Wike should not be trusted to protect their investments and
stakes.”
A statement signed by the DAP Media Team, said Peterside, in his
reaction to the Sunday’s action of Wike, wondered how a State governor who took
an oath of office to uphold and respect the Nigerian Constitution “without fear
or favour” would revoke a document as crucial to property and business as Certificate
of Occupancy without any impartial adjudication.
“Wike had sworn to uphold the Nigerian Constitution without fear
or favour and ill-will or malice against any citizen. It is now left to Wike
and his conscience to check whether he has been faithful to his oath,” he
stated. 
Peterside, according to the statement, said the revocation order
was nothing but a reckless, irresponsible and draconian act that could have
only come from the desk of a “fascist, despot and dictator.”
“When I heard that Wike had revoked the C of O of Novotel Hotel, I
thought it was a joke until I saw a statement to that effect. In his trademark
style of governance, he denied the management of Novotel any opportunity to
respond to any accusation. Wike alone was the accuser, prosecutor, witness and
jury in this matter.
  
“It is sad that at a time when Rivers State needs every investment
it can muster to create jobs for youths, arrest insecurity and stabilise social
relationships, Wike is busy closing established multinationals, global chains
and respected franchise to which Novotel belongs.  In his
maladministration, Wike blames everybody but himself for the woes that have
befallen Rivers State since he shot into the Office of the Governor. 
“It is part of a government’s fundamental and social duty to create
a conducive economic baseline for companies and firms to operate and expand
their businesses while new ones are attracted. Serious governments offer free
land, tax rebate and other incentives to woo investors. But for Wike, his is to
create joblessness and stifle companies struggling to break even. 
“In this singular action, Wike must have pushed not less than 500
people into the labour market. The social and economic reactions would be dire
on the families, the state and the country at large. He has also raised an
adverse business advisory to would-be investors that Rivers State is not safe
for investment.
“By the singular act, he advertised his contempt for hard
work and industry. He twitched his nose against commerce. As a man who has no
calculation of state interest in mind, he has added with his own hands to the
pool of the unemployed in the state. It is frightful omen of unemployment in
the context of the rise of criminality, violence, gangsterism and cultism under
his watch as the chief steward of River State,” he declared.
The former House of Reps member expressed concern that the
governor has formed the habit of going to churches to make pronouncements that
have been at best “ridiculous and attempts to hoodwink Christians into believing
some his baseless allegation.”
“I feel for him because he will be disgraced out of power. Already
he is a shame in conduct, diction and association. Nobody can use the name of
Christ in vain; God cannot be fooled and cannot be mocked. The Church of Christ
knows all political leaders and their antecedents.
“Recently he said Rivers State is a Christian State, real enough.
The Bible says, among my people are wicked men. All may be called to the Church
of Christ in Rivers, but Wike is among those not chosen.
“So, he has no bona fides to address how the church should behave.
His presence around any pulpit is like soiling the sanctuary. Apostle Paul
advised us we should come out from around people like Governor Wike and be ye
separate.

“Pensioners & civil servants know political leaders who will
owe them for several months using ceaseless biometrics as an excuse. God knows
those who are stealing from the collective wealth of the people for
themselves.  God knows those who abuse power and use it to oppress the
poor,” the former Rivers commissioner for works added. 

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