WE HAVE SURMOUNTED POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CHALLENGES TO DELIVER QUALITY PROJECTS SAYS GOVERNOR WIKE.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that his administration has surmounted political and economic challenges to deliver quality pro-people projects and improve the living standard of the people of the state.
The governor stressed that the state would attain greater mileage in terms of development if it is not made to face endless rerun elections and politically Induced security challenges.
He spoke during a breakfast meeting with the National Executive Council of the Nigerian Guild of Editors led by its President , Funke Egbemode.
The governor also led the executives of the Nigerian Guild of Editors on a project inspection around Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas.
Projects visited include: NBA Law Centre, Woji -Akpajo road with bridge, Government Girls Secondary School, Rumuokwuta, Remodeling of Port Harcourt Civic Centre and the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park.
Governor Wike maintained that he remained focused because of his commitment to the development of Rivers State and his love for the state.
The governor stated that he combined infrastructural development and workers welfare within his first year in office, because that was the way to revive the state's economy which was battered by the immediate past administration.
He said despite the propaganda being sponsored by the opposition, Rivers State is safe for investments and development.
He said : "It is important for everyone to know that Rivers State is safe and is witnessing massive development. In the next two months, we are hosting many national events. We have already hosted several national events in the last two months.
"For me as a governor, this is a privilege to serve my people and I will give it my best shot. I am ready to lay down my life for the state. My commitment to the development of Rivers State is total. I will forever defend it."
The governor said those planning to rig elections in the state will not succeed because the people are ever vigilant to stop them.
He said : "Stealing the mandate of the people is a serious crime and it is worse than armed robbery. In this case, those involved plot to use arms to steal the mandate of Rivers people. That will never succeed. They came to rig the March 19 rerun elections and the people resisted."
The governor charged the media to work towards informing the world on the true situation in Rivers State, pointing out that majority of the information in the public domain are concocted by the opposition.
"For our democracy to continue to succeed, the media has a major role to play. It was publicity that led to the failure of the Turkish coup", he said.
In an interview with journalists, President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Funke Egbemode said the leaders of the guild have been in the state for days and they can confirm that the state is safe.
She also commended the governor for performing creditably and judiciously applying scarce for development.
The Nigerian Guild of Editors will be holding Annual National Conference in Port Harcourt next week .
The New Rivers State has a team of prolific writers who will be introduced with time.