Non -Indigenes in Rivers State have commended Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for ensuring that Non -Indigenes in the state benefit directly from projects and programmes of his administration .
Speaking during a courtesy visit by Non -Indigenes Without Borders at the Government House , Port Harcourt on Tuesday , National Leader of the group, Hon Emeka Onowu said that contrary to rumours by the opposition in the state that the governor will drive away the non-indigenes after winning the 2015 governorship election , Governor Wike has offered them critical appointments and integrated them in key empowerment programmes .
He said: "They claimed during the campaign that Governor Wike would chase away non-indigenes from the state. Today, the truth is out and their false propaganda has been exposed.
"Non-indigenes have never had it so good in Rivers State. Today, we have a Chief Judge , a commissioner , Caretaker Committee members , Senior Aides to the governor and our members have benefitted from the empowerment programme to traders and artisans ."
He said that the Wike administration has been demonstrated fairness and love in all her dealings with non-indigenes since 2015.
Responding, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said anyone who casts his/her vote or does business in Rivers State is entitled to the proceeds of good governance from his administration .
He said he took a deliberate decision to always accommodate non indigenes in the Local Government Caretaker Committees for councils with considerable presence of non-indigenes .
The governor noted that non-indigenes play a critical role in the politics of the state because of their population .
"I commend the non-indigenes for standing by me during the election despite the negative propaganda by the opposition . I thank you for closing your ears to the concocted lies of the opposition .
"Now that the food is ready , non-indigenes are entitled to the benefit of their support . They will always benefit from good governance in this state".
As a mark of their appreciation, the Non -Indigenes Without Borders chaired by Hon Emeka Onowu presented an award of excellence to Governor Wike for his superlative performance .
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