It is not in doubt, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike is in love with the Ogoni ethnic nationality. He is committed to the transformation of the area and the comprehensive empowerment of Ogoni people.
His love for the Ogoni ethnic nationality is practical, without any form of deceit. As such, right from the era of campaigns to his assumption of office as the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has established and maintained a functional communication channel with the leaders and people of the Ogoni ethnic nationality.
This functional communication channel has led to a symbiotic relationship between Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and the Ogoni people. The most fruitful in the history of the state. While the Ogoni people are ever willing to support Governor Wike every step of the way, Governor Wike has reciprocated by always delivering on all his campaign pledges to the Ogoni people.
The Ogoni people appreciate the efforts of Governor Wike because the immediate past administration in the state after engaging in so much propaganda, did nothing for the Ogoni people. The governor's investments in the hitherto neglected area have kick-started a rebuilding process that the people have yearned for over the years.
On Wednesday, 12th July, 2016, Governor Wike embarked on a developmental visit to Bori, the traditional headquarters of the Ogoni ethnic nationality. This visit was aimed at consolidating the developmental projects already being executed by the Wike administration in Ogoni land and also set in motion the machinery for new projects.
It turned out to be an agenda setting visit as Governor Wike met with the future leaders of Rivers State , exchanged views with them and agreed on the processes to be adopted to further develop Ogoni land and the state.
From the traditional rulers and political leaders who received the governor on the project fields of the Sakpenwa-Bori Road to the school children at the Birabi Memorial Grammar School, Bori down to the students and staff of the Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori , the love for the commitment of Governor Wike to the development of Ogoni land was palpable.
It was a day of celebration of the efforts of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike to fully drive practical development in Ogoni land. It was a day when the reality of genuine development triumphed over the futility of propaganda. It was a day that the solemn commitment was made to carry forward the banner of development in Ogoni land, with Governor Wike as the experienced driver.
Of course, the transformation of the Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori, into a world class centre for the grooming of leaders formed the centrepiece of the engagement of Governor Wike with the Ogoni people.
As the fundamental way forward, Governor Wike stated that his administration will work towards the accreditation of all the academic programmes of the Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori. According to him, the process to revive the polytechnic will start with the upgrade of the school's workshops and laboratories.
Addressing thousands of the Students of the Polytechnic at the school's auditorium, Governor Wike stated that upon the improvement of the state's internally generated revenue, his administration will establish a polytechnic in each senatorial district to create more access to quality education.
The governor explained that the establishment of the Port Harcourt Polytechnic was not an attempt to kill the Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic as being peddled by political opponents. He said he is interested in the development of Ogoni and other parts of the Rivers State.
He said: " I make the solemn pledge to ensure the Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic facilities are improved for the school to carry out its core mandate. That is why I am here to inspect the school and thereafter improve her facilities. "Having a polytechnic in another location will not remove the polytechnic here. We will extend the necessary grant to the Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic for the improvement of her facilities, especially workshops and laboratories ".
The governor noted that the state government has concluded plans to improve security in Bori and its environs. He warned the students to shun crime and embrace peaceful lifestyle, so that they are not caught in the Web of law enforcement.
He assured that his administration will pay the bursaries of students after verifying the list of benefitting students across the state. Governor Wike announced the confirmation of the appointment of the Acting Rector of the Polytechnic, Bori, Dr Oneniye -Ofori Georgewill following the overwhelming request of the students through their leadership.
The governor also announced the donation of Coaster Bus to the Students Union Government of the Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic. In his remarks, Chairman of the Governing Council of the Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Chief Adokiye Amaesimaka commended the governor for his investments in the development of the institution.
Also speaking, President of the Students Union Government of the institution, Comrade Peter Dunobari commended the governor for setting up a credible governing council and management that have improved basic amenities in the state institution. At the Birabi Memorial Grammar School, Bori, Governor Wike assured the students that his administration will conclude work on the total rehabilitation of the school. He said that the laboratories and hostels of the school will be upgraded to the best of standards.
He also said that his administration will complete the rehabilitation of the Birabi Memorial Grammar School, Bori and dualise the Sakpwenwa-Bori road for the good of the Ogoni ethnic nationality. While inspecting the Sakpwenwa-Bori road, Governor Wike told Ogoni people that the state government will also install street lights from Sakpwenwa to Bori to give the area the face lift it deserves.
"I am here to entrench the good governance and not to play politics. Whatever I say I will do, that's what I will do. I am free within this community because I keep all my promises", the governor said. The days ahead for the Ogoni ethnic nationality are bright. In Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, they have a partner who will always be truthful to them at all times. In Governor Wike, they have a committed ally who will always give them their due in the development equation of Rivers State.
The days of political propaganda merchants who did nothing but tell lies are gone. This is a new era when the people must continue to enjoy the benefits of democracy. The only person to deliver these projects is Nyesom Ezenwo Wike. Like everyone in Rivers State, Ogoni people are celebrating because Rivers State is new.
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor,
14th July, 2016.
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