This is the second of a three-part serial on the epoch encounter between The Tide Editorial Board and the Rivers State Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs.
So are we to say that the ministry has no power to punish any erring local government Chairmen?
The Ministry has powers that are exercised through the Governor. We recommend to the Governor, I cannot as a commissioner suspend the chairman. There are only two ways you can punish a chairman. If not, anything you do to him, is like water on duck fowl, The only two ways are; suspend or remove him, that is one.
The second is to withhold his monthly allocation. These are the only ways. None of these, I can do without the Governor’s approval. When their allocations come from Federation account, the highest they can stay with me is three days. The Governor has given the right. I don’t even need to tell the Governor before releasing them to them. Because, he has delegated me as the Chairman of Joint Allocation Committee. So as soon as the money comes, three days is the highest, so, if we are calculating and distributing, highest is three days, we release their money to them.
On no account can I delay it. So if you can’t delay the money you cannot deduct from it, you can’t punish them except you have approval and that must be on a very strong ground. Since we came, we have not delayed any local government allocation.
Since you can’t delay their funds, don’t you think 18 months is enough period to assess their performances?
Well, let me now come in there. Actually before a meeting of all Government Functionaries where the Governor set up another Committee to join us, to come out with a kind of a review to look at the assessment again, look at whatever is on ground and advise him again.
Before that, we have been doing our work. I was reading one of your papers where they were mentioning some of the things we said when we went to some local governments. Those visits, were visits to confirm some of the technical reports. We have a technical team headed by Mr. Okari. He is the Director Local Government we have other valuers and engineers from Ministry of Work, who normally join them and we send them round.
They have already gone round. We already have our assessment of these chairmen. What I do is that, those that I did not personally go to, I do a kind of impromptu unscheduled visit and I have this target what I want to see, and I quickly go and see them.
Doing this and informing His Excellency what His Excellency did as if to reconfirm what we have said, because he said by October this year, when he would be two, on the saddle, he would come up with a clear statement.
And of course for him to come out with a clear statement, he wants to be double sure. So I don’t think we are late, we have done our work. But what we are doing is kind of reconfirming it. So that even if a local government chairman says, it is political, we can say that, all these people involved cannot be political at the same time.
I’m sure you have looked at the local government law, will you say that you are very satisfied, or would you want amendment?
Well, for one I think the way it is, is ok. let me tell you I don’t want because I am a commissioner today, fight for so much powers to be given to the commissioner, punishing chairmen, because I don’t know who will become the commissioner tomorrow. The system as it is now, though it may look slow, it may look almost or slightly unwieldy, but you see in a society where there are so many possibilities, its always better for the Justice system grind slowly and steadily than to make it so fast as to allow for someone subjective or some one’s whims and caprices to prevail on the system.
What I am saying is that the system whereby like if I want to punish chairmen, I will recommend to His Excellency he will take action and seek the ratification of the Assembly, it may look slow, but I think it is better because if I want to say a chairman is bad, I have to be sure of my facts because, one, I have to convince the Governor, two, he will have to convince the Assembly.
The major problem we have is that the electoral system is so weak, throws up the wrong people in some cases. That is why one of the first things His Excellency did when he came in is to see what he can do to make sure the local government elections are free and fair.
That is what I think is necessary or what is needed. He did very well as all of you can testify, he may not have scored a hundred percent you can testify to the fact since, I started involvement in politics, the last local government elections was the freest, where RSIEC can come out against what is perceived to be the will of the majority party and government will not do anything, will allow them.
At least every person knows that in the last local government election, he tried to give RSIEC a free hand, with what he started, if he can build on it by the next election and makes sure that he gets it totally right, I think that will be the first major hurdle we will cross.
The next thing would be strengthening the electoral system to make sure that the right materials are put in there. The next would be to strengthen the regulatory system, for regulating the local government the monitoring apparatus. We have a lot of organs that regulate and monitor the local governments.
We have the Ministry, the House of Assembly; you have the Auditor General of Local government who is supposed to audit their account. You have the Local Government Service Commission, which is a parastatal which disciplines staff, promotes them and so on.
If these agencies are strengthened, and electoral process is good, I don’t think what we need is too much amendment of law.
The problem, Nigeria has, I always tell people, is not in most cases amendment of law, it is the enforcement of laws.
We have so many laws. But if you look at the law book, there are some laws that when you read, you will be surprised that these laws are there.
But people violate them with reckless abandon and nobody talks to no body. People can walk on the street for instance, if you feel pressed, you just stop somewhere and you help yourself. There are laws, that’s Public Nuisance. But who is punishing that man doing it, nobody.
So our problem is not law, new law, I don’t see that as our problems. Our problem is, enforcing the ones we have.
How do we change the orientation of Nigerians so that people will begin to obey law. How do we change the orientation of the man saddled with responsibility of enforcing these laws so that, he would see it, as a duty and perform it. He doesn’t need somebody to come and beg him to perform it. These are the things we need. For me, for now, I am not proposing a new law for local government. What I am proposing is, strengthening the institutional frame work for election, regulation and monitoring.
You were once, a Local Government chairman, and In those days, local government chairmen used to go to the mother Ministry, show loyalty, in one way or the other. How do they show loyalty these days?
Well let me tell you something. Sometime when people asked me, as a commissioner of Local Government, what is your greatest achievement, and I tell people that you know because ours is a system where you don’t construct building, people don’t see the gigantic structures, that they can touch.
We deal with the final and intangible elements of life. So, I tell people that, what I know in this government, that is the tribute any person should give to the Governor Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi, when it comes to local government is that we have been able to entrench, financial sanity in Local Government system.
When you see local government chairmen go to pay homage to commissioner, or pay homage to Director, it is because as a commissioner, if you placed some hurdles, in the system, those hurdles will warrant him to always come and pay homage to you. But if you remove those hurdles, he does not need to pay homage to you and what we have done and what the Governor has done and the Ministry is implementing it, is that these hurdles are removed completely. There are some chairmen, these 23 Local Government chairmen now, apart from my visits to them, my regular meetings with them, may be they don’t even know my house, I can tell you that, they have not even come to my office; is because there are no hurdles on the way, artificial hurdles. Like the first is, if you can delay their money, I told you, that is some of the most serious things you can do to a chairman. If you can delay his money, he will be coming to beg you, if you can for every reason delay his money, he would come to you. Every time, he wants to be paying homage to you.
But I told you that, His Excellency’s system is that, a local government money, you cannot delay it for more than three days as soon as it comes from Federation Account.
The chairman does not need to call him ah, what is happening to my allocations now”, because as soon as the time comes it will go into his account.
Two, I cannot and I have never deducted one kobo from any Local government allocation.
Before now, when we were chairmen, there are so many reasons for which a commissioner can deduct money from a local Government Account. For instance, I can decide that, so and so seminar on anti corruption is very important that every Local Government, one, one million, I deduct at source because afterall the money is with me. It used to happen.
You can say, councilors in Local government, in Port Harcourt Local Ggovernment can write a petition that their arrears, statutory or benefits have not been paid, to past councillors, you look at it if it is in the law that they are supposed to be paid, all I will need to do is to invite the treasurer, why have you not paid this.
I approve, I deduct at source, it used to happen. When I was chairman, virtually every month, they were deducting money from our allocation at source to either pay past chairmen, past supervisors, past councillors, and so on and so forth.
But since we commenced, the Governor like I told you, one major thing he has done is entrenching sanity.
If you come to my office now there are a lot of past councillors, writing that they have not paid them, but we don’t because it is subject to abuse.
A lot of commissioners and treasurers, infact what we used to agitate then was, that even when they have finished paying them, the people will write another one.
We used to say that a commissioner and the treasurer make their own money from it.
So when you placed those hurdles, the chairman needs to be coming to you to pay homage.
Like I told you, from the word go, our assessment platform involves agencies, other corporate bodies so that even if you are loyal to me, on that day, you cannot be loyal to every body, so the assessment will at least have some level of objectivity so the moment they see that you cannot delay their money, even though I am assessing them, I cannot be too subjective because there are other people who will join me, they don’t need to do this personal loyalty thing and that thing has been removed from the system.
Now, what every Local Government get, I think The Tide is one of the papers that published it. Infact we ensure that the day as we finish from the JAC; because there is no deduction in Local Government Account, infact because, they being calling it statutory deductions, I managed to leave that word deduction. I decided to remove that word, because, what we do, is Statutory Distribution. The only thing we do, is, this is the amount of money, the Local Government is getting out of it this is what goes to traditional rulers. This is what goes to Local Government Service Commission; this is what goes to their pension fund.
We published all. The essence of that publication is, no Local Government chairman can tell his people a different story.
Infact we also directed the chairmen that at intervals, hold stakeholders meeting. The people already know how much you received; tell them what you do with it.
When you are holding the stakeholders meeting, inform us so that I can send a representative at least to know that you have done your stakeholders meeting. The other reason is, Federal Authorities giving the money will also see that the total figure they gave to us, is what we have given to the local government and that is one big credit to His Excellency.
Before now, no government has done it, published this figure, for everybody to see this figure, is very sacred figure, because so many things can be done from it.
Don’t you think Rivers State is ripe for more Local Governments?
If I am to speak the truth we need more local governments, because the local government system brings development close to the people. You know that, as a law abiding state, creation of local government is actually a process which involves states and Federal Government. And of course you know that, in states, where they have been doing it, you know the problems, we’ve been having.
Local Governments are creation of the constitution, we have 774 local governments. Their monies come direct every month, as Federation Account Allocation is advising the state, this is your own money, they also advise Local Governments, ABC this is your own money for a government like ours, that believes in absolute Due Process, you see that he will not want to go into that.
That will mean that, the money meant for 23 local governments, you will touch it by splitting and giving part to new local governments you create. So I think we need it. But His Excellency will rather wait for the legal process to throw up that I cannot tell you exactly how many local governments.
I cannot tell you exactly, we may even need more than 23 if the opportunity is there. I have not done a clear assessment of the need. From my background knowledge of the state and the local government, most of them need new local governments some even need at least two to really bring development very close to the people.
Local governments like Khana, in terms of landmass, and population, even local governments that people think are small. For instance a local government like Akuku-Toru, is a local government that certainly need another local government, whereas, the population may not be as big as Khana, because of the so much riverine network, therefore some communities are very far away from the headquarters.
For instance for you to go to Kula, from Abonnema, is a day’s journey on speed boat. A lot of chairmen, if a chairman is not a really serious chairman, he can be in office three years he will not go to Kula one day. I know when I was chairman I went to Kula, the people were telling me that did I know that there were local government chairmen, that served out their tenure in Abonnema and they did not come to Kula. It happens so we need a lot but I cannot say with a mathematical accuracy how many.
To be contd.
100 Days In Office: Wike Remains Nigeria’s Best Performing Governor
After the first 100 days of his well deserved second term, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has lived up to the expectations of the people of the State. By far, he remains the best performing Governor in Nigeria. This is a position he intends to maintain till the expiration of his second mandate.
Right from the beginning of his second term, Governor Wike set out with an agenda to maintain the good works of his administration. All through the key sectors, the Rivers State Governor continued to deliver the very best for Rivers people.
Taking his oath for a second term, Governor Wike outlined the key areas that his government would concentrate on to improve the living standard of the people. On his inauguration day, Governor Wike assured Rivers people that he will tackle security, environmental sanitation, job creation, further infrastructural development, quality education for the people, improve healthcare, develop agriculture and economic development.
Since May 29, 2019, Governor Wike has kept his promise to the people of Rivers State. He has continued with infrastructural development, enhanced the state’s security architecture, developed a framework for environmental sanitation and set the framework for general economic development.
His commitment to the rapid growth of Rivers State is growing by the day. The results of his administration’s investments are visible, even to the most critical opponents.
There are pointers that Governor Wike will continue to wax stronger in governance as he progresses in his second term. He has launched key programmes in the education, health and security sectors of the economy.
One of the key achievements in the first one hundred days of Governor Wike’s second term is the abolishment of all forms of fees and levies in primary and secondary schools.
The Governor explained that his administration abolished all forms of fees to encourage less privileged parents to send their children to school.
By 2020, the Rivers State Government will commence the payment of fees for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) of Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms for all indigenes and non-indigenes in the state.
To improve the quality of education in the state, Governor Wike established the Committee for Accreditation and Approval of Private Schools. This committee has led to private schools improving the standard of their staff and facilities.
For public schools, Governor Wike has continued to develop quality facilities in the Basic, Senior Secondary and the Tertiary Education levels. Some of the projects executed across the education sector would be inaugurated as part of the governor’s first 100days.
The Health sector has received a major boost in Governor Wike’s First 100days in his second term . The administration has commenced the process of equipping recently completed Zonal Hospitals to take quality tertiary healthcare closer to the people.
The Zonal Hospital, Degema and Zonal Hospital, Bori, have been completed and the equipping process is ongoing. The final construction works at the Mother and Child Hospital are ongoing. The equipment of the Hospital are on ground for installation.
Governor Wike abolished the payment of user-fees for persons living with HIV/AIDS to ensure that more persons access treatment at state-owned health facilities. Governor Wike said that the state government will take over the payment of the user-fees to encourage more Rivers people to seek treatment for HIV/AIDS.
In the last 100days, the Rivers State Government has enterred into a partnership with the United States Centre for Disease Control to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike commended the United States Government for working with the State Government to reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the State.
Under this partnership, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) administered by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is implementing an Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) surge program in Rivers state to identify and provide treatment to approximately 180,000 PLHIV who have not previously received such.
Governor Wike has approved the commencement of public ambulance service by the State Ministry of Health. The Ambulances would be parked at strategic locations in major towns for the purpose of responding to distress calls. The phone numbers of the ambulance service have been circulated.
In the course of the first 100 days in office, Governor Wike has executed two key projects that will enhance the economic development of Rivers State.
The Fruit Garden Market and the Rumuwoji (Mile One) Market in the heart of Port Harcourt, are two projects that will help in empowering traders, promote safety and environmental sanitation. The Markets are set for business after Commissioning and the traders are happy.
PROMOTION OF SECURITY
Across the country, insecurity has become the order of the day. This further heightened by the failure of the Federal Government to properly fund the Federal Security agencies.
To promote security of lives and property in the state, Governor Wike launched a new security architecture, codenamed Operation Sting. This is a modern security outfit with the relevant technology, funding and logistics to tackle insecurity.
The State Government donated 116 Patrol Vans fitted with communication equipment to Operation Sting. The Administration also donated 8 armoured fitted gunboats, to tighten coastal security and protect the state’s waterways from the activities of criminals; 2 Armoured Personnel Carriers for Police swift response actions; 450 hand-held mobile radios to enhance communication.
TASK FORCE ON STREET TRADING, ILLEGAL MARKETS AND MOTOR PARKS
In a bid to sanitise the streets and return Port Harcourt to its Garden City status, Governor Wike inaugurated the State Government’s Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal Markets and Motor Parks.
Inaugurating the Task Force at the Government House Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said that the Task Force is a product of law, following his assent of the Rivers State Street Trading, Illegal Markets & Motor Parks (Prohibition) Bill No. 8 of 2019 .
The operatives of the Task Force were profiled by the Department of State Services and the Police.
The Task Force has started work. The results of their work have gladdened the hearts of Rivers people, with Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas regaining their beauty. The streets are wearing a new look with sanity and security .
Closely linked to this achievement is the improvement of environmental sanitation in the state capital.
COMMISSIONING OF PROJECTS
As part of the 100days in office, Governor Wike will inaugurate some completed projects in different parts of the state. These projects emphasise the importance of accountability and service to the people.
The projects lined up for inauguration include: Bonny Street, AdakaBoro/Elliot Henry Streets, Community Secondary School, Ubima Birabi Street , Rumukwurusi Elelenwo – Akpajo road and Sea bed Model School.
Others are: Rumuwoji Market, – Government Craft Centre, Civil Servants Quarters, Real Madrid Academy; SUG Secretariat RSU , Fruit Garden Market , Rivers State NLC Labour Secretariat and Shell Location Road, Rumuepirikom.
MORE PROJECTS CLOSE TO INAUGURATION
After the first 100days of the second term, the Wike Administration will roll out another set of major projects undergoing finishing touches. These projects include the Mother and Child Hospital, the Government Secondary School, Abua, the Zonal Hospitals in Bori, Degema and Ahoada, Judges Quarters among others.
STILL RECREATING RIVERS STATE
The first 100days of Governor Wike’s second term has shown that the administration is still recreating the state. He is still in the business of building a new Rivers State.
The Governor is carefully applying scarce resources to ensure Rivers State gets value for money. It is obvious that the State is on the right path to the consolidation of development. Truly, Rivers people were right to insist of the re-election of Governor Wike.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: NIGERIAN AMBA-SSADOR TO SPAIN APPLAUDS GOVERNOR WIKE
The Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Susan Aderonke Folarin has commended the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike for his love for children.
She also applauded the governor for investing in the development of youths and also ensuring that the talents abound them do not go to waste.
Ambassador Folarin gave the commendation when she played host to the players of Banham Model School Port Harcourt who have been sponsored by the Rivers State Government on a two-week training programme to the prestigious Real Madrid Academy, Spain.
She urged the boys to be good Ambassadors of Nigeria wherever the future takes them.
Ambassador Folarin did not forget to applaud the efforts of their sponsor and Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.
While thanking God for the privileges they’ve enjoyed, the boys also did not forget to thank the Rivers State Government for investing in them.
With their visit finally over, the boys then proceeded then headed back to the Real Maddrid Academy to continue with their training programme.
WE ARE DEVEL-OPING PORT HARCOURT PLEASURE PARK INTO A WORLD TOURIST ATTRACTION SAYS GOVERNOR WIKE
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that his administration is developing the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park into a major global tourist attraction.
Addressing journalists on Friday after inspecting the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park Cinema completed by his administration, Governor Wike said that key facilities are being developed to improve the quality of experience at the Park.
He described the new Cinema Constructed within the Park as a five star facility that raises the standard of entertainment available to people in the Niger Delta.
”We have just completed a five-star cinema within the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park. This cinema is about the best in the country.
”It will offer first class entertainment to the people of the region and beyond. Instead of going to Dubai for relaxation and tourism, you come over to Port Harcourt to enjoy the pleasure of this Park “, he said.
Governor Wike said that the Rivers State Government will continue to develop new facilities that will complement existing structures within the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park.
The Governor said that the new Cinema would be thrown open to the Public after the Commissioning programme on September 11, 2019.
He said that his administration is determined to ensure that the beauty of Port Harcourt is restored and Port Harcourt made a major tourism destination in the country.
Governor Wike expressed happiness that sanity is returning to the streets of Port Harcourt, with the Task Force on Street Trading, Illegal markets and motor Parks doing a splendid job.
Governor Wike also inspected ongoing projects in GRA and other parts of Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas.
He said that the administration will roll out several projects to mark the first one hundred days of his second term.
Nwakaudu is Special Assistant to Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media.
100 Days In Office: Gov Wike, Best In Nigeria-Residents
Residents of Port Harcourt, the capital city of Rivers State bare their minds in view of the developmental strides of Governor Nyesom Wike, who has made marks in the business of governance in the state, especially as he marks the first 100 days in his second tenure, where numerous projects executed by his administration are ready for commissioning.
Comrade Ndubueze Eze, Chairman, Mile One Market Traders’ Association (MOMTA) My reaction to the governor’s 100 days in office is that within the space of four and half years in the saddle of governance of Rivers State, he was able to keep to his electioneering promises, especially on projects execution and service delivery to Rivers people.
The governor has carved a development niche for himself by giving the traders a new lease of life, where he built one of the best markets in Africa with standard and lasting facilities for the accommodation of traders who had yearned for such opportunity before now.
As Chairman of Mile 1 Market Traders’ Association, I have travelled far and wide in West Africa, I have never come across any project of this magnitude before now. I, therefore, appreciate the governor’s good gesture in this direction.
We the traders, have resolved to rally round His Excellency for more positive development in the years ahead, while wishing him better years with divine strength , focus, direction and protection in the leadership of the state.
Oko-Jaja, Labour Leader Governor Nyesom Wike has remained the people’s leader who deserves more heights in the saddle of governance of the oil-rich state since assumption of power some four and half years ago.
In view of his style in leadership, even a blind man can attest that the award-winning Mr Projects was able to build bridges of development across the state, within the past years, where numerous projects have been earmarked for commissioning to commemorate his first one hundred days in government, such as the Mile One and Fruit Garden Ultra-modern markets with international-standard facilities that stand the test of time.
Anyone with clear eyes will see that the governor has been able to prove enemies of the state wrong by providing unprecedented development projects to Rivers people, thereby putting smiles on their faces, especially the traders who lacked conducive environment to do their business.
Wike deserves more encomiums and remains the best performing governor in Nigeria, based on physical development, which would soon be unveiled for use.
Engr. Benedict Nwaorehu, Tourism Expert Governor Nyesom Wike will soon mark his first one hundred days in office with the commissioning of numerous development projects, including a world-class cinema hall at the Pleasure Park, Port Harcourt, ultra-modern markets at Mile 1 and Fruit Garden along Kaduna street in Port Harcourt, modest in all educational structure with standard facilities at Government Craft Development Centre and the Real Madrid Football Academy at Elekahia heros and the Students’ Union secretariat at the Rivers State University, among others which speaks volume for this administration.
The governor, as a tourism-friendly leader, was able to tackle insecurity which, before now, battered the state with cultism, militancy and other social vices being gradually phased out. Wike’s governance style remains the best across Africa and, therefore, I commend him and his team for these achievements so far in governance and assure of my support to this well articulated gesture as he celebrates and commission of these projects.
Mrs Ngozi Toby, Technician
The giant strides recorded by Governor Nyesom Wike’s administration, thus far, are legendary and are testaments of his forthrightness and uncommon vision to leave Rivers State better than he met it on May 29, 2015, we are particularly gladdened by the wonderful love and affection he had shown to stronger elements in the state.
By the bold steps of the governor to provide for the people, numerous developmental projects across the 23 local government areas of the state, his name is written in gold to prove wrong detractors who never wished the state well. For providing world-class structures and facilities in all the areas to be commissioned, he was able to fulfill his electioneering campaign promises to the people some years ago remain indelible in the hearts of Rivers people.
As he celebrates his first one hundred days anniversary and the commissioning of projects, I salute his diligence and persevering spirit. I pray that God Almighty will preserve, protect and direct his path in the years ahead.
100 Days: ‘Gov Wike, Best In Nigeria’
Alhaji Ibrahim Hero Aliu
Vice Chairman, Fruit Garden Market Association You don’t know how excited I am towards Governor Nyesom Wike.
We know these projects, some of which he has been doing while in leadership since 2015 to date as remarkable, result-oriented and dynamic.
I know he has a good plan on how to commission the markets, among others, as well as the sharing formula of each stall and shed to traders without conflict. I pray for a successful celebration.
We, the Fruit Garden traders are solidly behind the governor for all these testimonials as he bequeaths to the people meaningful developmental projects.
The governor to me is traders-friendly due to his care for us since he became governor in 2015. Apart from assisting us financially after the fire incident, he assured us of providing an enabling environment for doing our business, he was able to accomplish such promise.
Apart from the markets, roads, schools and hospitals, the welfare of the people had been taken care of by the talk-and-do governor.
Above-all, we salute His Excellency for the rare service to humanity. We pray for good health, more vision and wisdom in the governance of the state with more projects to the shame of his detractors.
Once again, we commend the governor and also assure him and his government of our unflinching support to enable him continue to discharge his functions effectively, especially as he marks his first one hundred days in office in this second term.
Engr Obari Ozigi, Educationist
It is a thing of joy to experience the dividends of democracy at the grassroots through the efforts of Governor Nyesom Wike since he assumed responsibility of the state over four years ago.
The governor has created a marvelously conducive environment and world-class structures and facilities today in all the public schools to enable children, especially those in the state, to benefit under his government.
For instance, the governor was able to put lasting structure and equipment at the Government Craft Development Centre (GCDC) on Aba Road whose facilities before now were found to be decayed and abandoned by previous administrations in the state. I really appreciate the governor for giving hope to the children of this institution by providing well-refined educational facilities to enable them achieve the best in life.
I also appeal to him, as he marks his first one hundred days in office, to extend his educational largesse to the rural areas especially by siting a technical college in each of the 23 local government areas of Rivers State for those out there to benefit from this wonderful dividend.
We at the GCDC assure him of our unalloyed loyalty and support to enable him do more?
Dr Oluchi Oguzie, Administrator
Your Excellency, Chief Nyesom Wike, Governor of our dear Rivers State, you have really done well in governance by providing democracy dividends to the people of the state, especially on service delivery in the area of projects execution which stands as testament of good governance. It is unbelievable to behold the meaningful development projects executed being commissioned, within a short time period. By this singular performance, Mr Projects has been able to fulfill his promises to the people on service delivery in his second term.
I, therefore, use this opportunity to commend the dexterity of the governor while celebrating his administration’s first one hundred days in office.
Comrade Emeka John-Africa, Secretary, Rivers State Zonal Market Association
It is noteworthy of the stride of Governor Nyesom Wike in the pinnacle of power for being able to provide succour at least to Rivers people, in the provision of lasting structure in the case of the Labour House which had been abandoned years back by previous leadership.
While the governor is on course to commission these wonderful projects, I commend his feat and urge the people to reciprocate such gesture for him to do more.
As you match towards greatness in governance of the state, we remain committed towards actualizing the goals of your administration. I thank you for showing quality leadership dexterity for blissful future for Rivers State.
Lolia Wariso, Student
I use this opportunity to appreciate our indefatigable and development-minded Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for placing high premium on the education of students, especially Rivers children as he has been able to accommodate them in his government policies and programmes. I commend Mr Projects and students-friendly governor for giving the students a world-class secretariat at the Rivers State University, Nkpolu, Port Harcourt.
I pray the Almighty God to give him more wisdom, vision and strength to forge better in the saddle of power.
With these strides, I doff my hat for this unique father of all fathers in Rivers State in particular and the Niger Delta region in general. Once more, Rivers Students remain loyal and supportive to your government as you mark your one hundred days in office. Congratulations, sir!
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