In six months, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has transformed Rivers State from a pariah state to Nigeria's Giant Construction Site where majority of the people, except a few partisans are well pleased with his performance.
He has changed the narrative of Rivers State from a state where things hitherto did not work, to one where everyone, indigene and non-indigene, is competing to ensure the smooth implementation of the New Rivers Vision Development Blueprint.
Beyond his superlative performance as a mobilizer of resources and avid infrastructural development enthusiast, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has established a formidable government premised qualification, inclusive governance and deliberate vision to rapidly develop Rivers State.
Governor Wike has set a worthy example for all states of the country by the way he constituted the state's executive council and the Local Government Councils.
In line with his pledge to always respect the rule of law and take into consideration the wellbeing of all local government areas and residents of the state, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike appointed 24 Commissioners. Twenty three from the 23 Local Government Areas of the state and one representing the non-indigenes in the state.
For the Local Government Caretaker Committees, Governor Wike appointed members of the opposition into each of the 22 LGAs where vacancies exist. The inclusion of the 28 opposition political parties in the administration of the local councils of the state has brought increased stability in the polity for community development.
The 28 opposition political parties through Mr Reuben Favour, Secretary of the Inter-party Advisory Council, IPAC, commended Governor Wike for his political accommodation and his commitment to including all stakeholders in the development of the state.
Even the security agencies are not left out in Governor Wike’s all inclusive governance. Since his assumption of duty as Governor, Wike has made available 110 vehicles available to the police and other security agencies for them maintenance of security across the state. He has also provided logistic support to the security agencies to tackle Security challenges in the state.
Like IPAC, the Police High Command remains grateful to Governor Wike. The Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, Zone 6 Calabar, Baba Adisa Bolanta thanked Governor Wike for his entrenched support for the police through logistics and other investments.
All actions of Governor Wike are tailored towards the development of Rivers State. No action is driven by personal gain. Everything is determined by the overall public good.
During the campaigns, Governor Wike traversed all the local government areas of the state and all neglected communities and stakeholders. He solicited their votes and they elicited pledges from him. He entered into a covenant with the people and that's why they overwhelmingly voted him.
In his development blueprint, the New Rivers Vision, Wike’s covenant with the Rivers people, the governor stated thus on Page 23: "Our promises are our bond. "
This has been the guiding principle of his administration. Fulfilling campaign promises and setting the stage for the fulfilment of more campaign promises. No part of the state has been marginalised in terms of appointments and projects execution.
The governor engages in periodic consultations with critical stakeholders and they appreciate his approach to inclusive governance. This approach has confounded the depleted main opposition in Rivers State, the APC.
Today, the Rivers APC that earlier accused Governor Wike of not being friendly with non-indigenes are the ones organising press conferences wherein they claim that Governor Wike’s inclusive governance should be condemned.
However, the truth is constant. Governor Wike is governor to all. Rivers people, indigenes and non -indigenes, voted for him and he made a solemn pledge to be fair to all, irrespective of their affiliation or origin. Governor Wike brought down the riverine and upland dichotomy through his political sagacity and he has used his political engineering skills to integrate all stakeholders in his government.
He has lifted Rivers State above the murky waters of under-development foisted on it by the immediate past administration of the APC. This is the reason why the leaders of the Rivers APC are restless making baseless allegations to stay relevant. However, Wike’s development train has since left the station and can no longer be stopped. On board are development loving indigenes and non-indigenes who are happy that Wike is Governor for all.
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.
Twenty-eight political parties in Rivers State have commended Governor Nyesom Wike for living up to his campaign promises.
Speaking, yesterday, under the aegis of Inter-party Advisory Council, IPAC, Secretary of the body, Mr Reuben Favour, said the parties were impressed with Governor Wike’s performance so far.
Commending the governor for appointing members of other political parties into the newly constituted caretaker committees in the various local government areas, Favour said the governor has given room to every Rivers indigene to contribute meaningfully to the government of the state.
The political parties further commended the governor for encouraging the judiciary to thrive as an independent arm of government.
They said: “The judiciary which was in comatose for over a year under the immediate past administration is now free from executive emasculation as lawyers and judges are serving the course of justice. In addition, Governor Wike has removed the legislature from executive encumbrances, interference and intimidation. All the three arms of government are working with absolute autonomy and in synergy, too. This, by our reckoning, is the governor’s idea of democracy and good governance.
“It is important to state that Governor Wike makes the security of lives and property of all Rivers people and residents a topmost priority, hence, the acquisition of 64 Toyota Hilux Security Patrol Vans fitted with modern security gadgets for law enforcement agencies.”
All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state is not part of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC
In a move aimed at strengthening the capacity of the Police and other security agencies to fight crime in the state, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has directed the 23 Local Government Areas to purchase 46 Security Utility Vehicles for the security agencies in their communities.
Also, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, Baba Adisa Bolanta thanked Governor Wike for his entrenched support for the police through logistics and other investments.
Governor Wike who announced the directive while granting audience to the Assistant Inspector General of Police for Zone 6, Mr Baba Adisa Bolanta, on Wednesday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, said that the decision to provide additional logistics for security agencies was reached at the last security council meeting.
The governor further declared that all the Local Government Chairmen have been given specific directives to mobilize community support for the police and other security agencies in the move to further reduce crime in the state.
He said: "Anybody arrested in respect of kidnapping, cultism and armed robbery must be prosecuted. I have directed the Commissioner of Police never to release any suspect on the strength of his relationship with any government official or any prominent citizen of the state.
"On no account should the police release the suspects of kidnapping, cultism and armed robbery without proper investigation and prosecution. I have directed the state Attorney-General to ensure that all legal loopholes during prosecution are checked to ensure that suspected criminals are discouraged ".
The governor added that his administration has taken delivery of two armoured helicopters , pointing out that the state government has applied for waiver because the helicopters will be used for security and not for luxury purposes.
While praising the State Police Commissioner for effectively fighting crime, he urged the police hierarchy to allow the commissioner remain in the state and fight crime.
Earlier, AIG Zone 6, Baba Adisa Bolanta further commended Governor Wike for mobilising support in the Local Government Areas for the police to fight crime.
He said security is an expensive venture, pointing out that the Police will continue to seek more support from the state government. He said he was in Rivers State for a familiarisation visit. The police chief noted that a helicopter has been devoted to Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Cross River States.
He assured the people of the state of a crime free Christmas and new year celebration ad the police have developed new strategies to tame criminality.
It will be recalled that Governor Wike had earlier donated 64 Sports Utility Vehicles to Police and other security agencies for them to fight crime.
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.
25th November, 2015.
Wike says he is inspired by the appreciation of the people to deliver on the mandate given to him
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says he is inspired by the appreciation of the people to deliver on the mandate given to him.
Governor Wike while inspecting road and school projects in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas said celebrations by the people during his regular project inspections are testimonies of the mandate freely given to him by the people of the state.
The Governor reiterated that he will use the dry season to accomplish and consolidate the revival program of his administration within the limits of the available resources of the state.
He said in Diobu his administration has achieved 17 kilometres of road out of the 22 kilometres being reconstructed in the area. Some of the projects inspected by Governor Nyesom Wike yesterday include, the rehabilitation of Government Girls Secondary School Rumuokwuta, the Rumuagholu road, Nkpolu road, Obiwali street, Afikpo street, Njemanze street and Silverbird-UTC Junction.
SOURCE: RHYTHM NEWS
Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry Banigo has commended Security Agents in Rivers State for the safe rescue of the Registrar of Ken Saro Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori, Mrs. Lillian Davies from her abductors.
In a Press Statement by her Press Secretary, Paul Damgbor, Dr. Banigo thanked all those involved in the rescue mission for their gallant effort and show of patriotism.
Dr. Banigo said the rescue of Mrs. Davies by Security Operatives four days after she was abducted along Bori-Yeghe Road shows that given necessary cooperation, the Security operatives can checkmate crime rate in the State.
She expressed the commitment of Governor Wike’s administration to support the State Police Command and other Security Agencies in the State to rid the State of crime and criminality while calling on the public to always offer useful information to the Police to enable them combat crime.
The Deputy Governor appealed to youths involved in kidnapping of innocent citizens of the State to desist forthwith as the long arm of the law awaits anyone found culpable of criminality in the State.
Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor.
Tuesday November 24th, 2015.
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