The Rivers State government has warned the Federal Government to stay away from its properties.
State Commissioner for Information, Ibim Semenitari issued the warning at a media briefing in Port Harcourt.
Semenitari said this in reaction to proposed move by the Minister of state for Education, Nyesom Wike to renovate the Ubima Model Secondary School at Ikwerre Local Government area of the state.
Ubima is the home town of the Rivers state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
She maintained that the Federal Government has no right to tamper with any state infrastructure without the permission of the state government.
The Commissioner called on the Minister to concentrate his effort on the release of Chibok girls who have been missing for over a hundred and fifty days.
“The Secondary schools belong to the Rivers State Government. It is therefore the property of the Government of Rivers State. If the Federal government ventures into that school without conversation with us, they will be trespassing.
“That is the position as the Constitution has put it. It has nothing to do with cordiality or otherwise.
“The Ministry of Education in Rivers State is not an arm of the Federal Ministry of Education. We are a federating unit and under federalism, every state is autonomous.
“We will not accept and we will not allow any stranger to destroy or deface our properties because they are not known to complete projects they have started.
“We have a government that is uncaring, that is unlistening, even though we have a leader that is from this part of the country.
“We do not want to join issues. We have been very careful not to join issues in recent times. We have focused on our day job and we will like to call the Federal government to focus on its daily job.
“We have over 200 girls missing. I think that Barrister Nyesom Wike should be concerned as a father and as a Minister responsible for those girls and that he has been unable to do his job to bring those girls back to us.
“It is sad, it is embarrassing that Mr. Nyesom Wike is not fasting and praying and crying for the return to those children.
“It is very sad. It shows that he has a heart of stone and not a heart of flesh”, Semenitari said.
She further said Rivers State was capable of managing its infrastructure and improving its economy.
Meanwhile, in a sharp response to the comments of the Commissioner, the Assistant Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sam Wonosike berated the Commissioner, Ibim Semenitari.
Wonosike blamed Governor Amaechi for allegedly neglecting his home town, Ubima despite spending over 15 years in the highest positions in government.
While exonerating Wike, Wonosike said the Minister intended to take advantage of his position to impact on the Education sector in the state.
According to him, “For over seven years, the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi has been the governor of Rivers State, his community where he comes from still has a secondary school that is that dilapidated.
“Children are going to school under building that have no roof, the rain is upon them, there are no seats. Everything is in shambles.
“I think the Commissioner for information has thrown caution into the wind because, rather than applaud and appreciate the effort and kind gesture of a good son of Rivers State, the Minister of state for Education, Chief Barrister Ezebunwo Nyeso Wike, who is using the opportunity he has with his office to benefit Rivers people, they are calling him names. They are abusing him”.