At the time of her Independence from Britain on
October1, 1960, Nigeria was largely an agrarian economy. The then population comprised nearly 70 per cent farmers who practiced their occupation at subsistence levels, producing such food crops as cassava, yam, corn, cocoyam, plantain, rice, beans, millet, vegetables and fruits.
The major cash crops cultivated at the time included cocoa, groundnuts, palm oil, cotton, rubber, cashew nuts and copra which the regional governments encouraged as these formed their major export commodities alongside solid minerals.
Cattle rearing, fishing, hunting and other forms of livestock keeping also fetched incomes.
Crude oil had just been discovered in commercial quantity and was yet to become a major revenue source for the government.
This was indeed the scenario until the early 1970s when the Arab-Israeli war in the Middle East forced an escalation of the international price of petroleum, creating the oil revenue windfall that enabled the then Federal Military Government under General Yakubu Gowon to undertake massive reconstruction and rehabilitation programmes at the end of the 30-month Nigerian Civil War.
Up till this time, the nation’s economy could still be described as upbeat with well implemented 5-year National Development Plans that saw an average Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate of 9.4 per cent and poverty rate of about 48 per cent.
While the oil boom lasted, successive military and civilian administrations were said to have squandered the trillions of naira that accrued to the national treasury without any form of savings. Instead, the government went borrowing whenever there was a slight fall in oil price or any downward adjustment in production quota by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
With oil revenue accounting for about 80 per cent of the nation’s budget revenues and over 90 per cent of its foreign exchange earnings, Nigerians felt it was time to abandon the rural farms and seek better paying city jobs. Consumption patterns suddenly changed as the people began to show preference for foreign manufactured food items, drinks and fashion products.
Official corruption became evident as the political leaders and their business cronies abandoned projects at will after sharing the full contract sums. These leaders also abandoned all the development programmes that were aimed at diversifying the country’s economy away from oil.
Rampant stealing, wasteful spending, inadequate investment and excessive consumption in the face of dwindling oil returns did finally bring Nigeria on its knees in the mid 1980s. And even though the initial plan to obtain credit from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for setting off her huge balance of payments deficit was later dropped, the adoption of some of the Fund’s conditionalities (including fuel subsidy withdrawal) led to the introduction of the infamous Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) by the General Ibrahim Babangida government.
Whether the austerity measures that came under SAP served the interest of the nation is difficult to say at this point but it will be safe to point out that the poverty rate continued to rise, reaching 70 per cent by the time the military handed over power to civilians in 1999.
One of the earliest major achievements of President Olusegun Obasanjo’s first tenure was the invitation of private competition in the telecommunications sector which had hitherto been the exclusive playground of the now moribund Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL). Not only has the sector witnessed a near revolution in terms of service delivery, it has also helped to create alternative sources of livelihood for many Nigerians. In fact, it is currently regarded as one of the non-oil sector units that are strongly driving the nation’s economy.
Still under Obasanjo, Nigeria succeeded in obtaining debt write-off from her foreign creditors in the Paris Club. For agreeing to pay $12 billion within one year, Nigeria’s entire debt of $30 billion which was to be paid back in 33 years along with compound interest charges was written off. She therefore enjoyed a forgiveness of $18 billion, the implication of which was that her annual GDP grew at a faster rate while her debt to GDP ratio became one of the lowest in Africa.
This feat was said to have been made possible due largely to the clout and negotiating skills of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the then finance minister and former vice president of the World Bank who incidentally is still Nigeria’s Finance Minister and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy.
The areas that are likely to attract significant benefits to the economy are the ongoing infrastructural development where the power sector reforms have led to the unbundling of the monopolistic Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and privatisation of its subsidiaries for better generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in the country. Nigeria now has over 10 power generating companies (Gencos) and more than 15 distribution companies (Discos) while there are plans to concession the transmission company (TCN) and construct a new transmission network using the public private partnership framework.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had introduced some banking sector reforms that served to sanitise and buoy up the nation’s banking system which laid virtually prostrate in the aftermath of the global economic crisis of 2008. Its proactive intervention led to the recapitalisation of about 25 banks to the tune of N25 billion each. Added to this, was the recent nationalisation of three highly insolvent banks for which acquisition bids from interested local and foreign banks are now being considered. The newly established Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) did play a significant role in this regard.
Outside the banking industry, the CBN introduced monetary policy measures that helped to stabilise inflation at 8 per cent, down from 12 per cent in 2011. This includes maintaining the monetary policy rate (MPR) at 12 per cent for a long period. The apex bank is also pursuing an aggressive liquidity squeeze by increasing the cash reserve requirement (CRR) of public sector bank lodgments from 25 per cent to 50 per cent and now, 75 percent. This is in addition to its cashless policy.
The CBN had in the past few years also released funds for special intervention in manufacturing, textiles, infrastructure, aviation, movie industry and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda is widely reported to be slowly but steadily turning the economy round. The Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA), National Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP), National Automotive Policy (NAP), Gas Master Plan, YouWin Entrepreneurial Scheme, Multinodal road and rail transport system, Inland Waterways and Ports Development are some of the components of the administration’s programmes.
But even as the government is being applauded for toeing a promising path, there is no doubt that its progress has been hampered by declining state revenues occasioned by incessant labour strikes, oil theft and pipeline vandalisation in the Niger Delta and high level of insecurity as exemplified by the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency in parts of the North East.
Growth of GDP vis-à-vis increasing poverty
For nearly 24 years since 1990, Nigerians had lived with faulty representations of their country’s annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) had, during this period, relied on 1990 price schedules to calculate the total value of goods and services produced in the country, leading to the release of figures that consistently depicted the Nigerian economy as being among the poorest in Africa even though the annual average growth rate was reported to have risen above 5 per cent for much of the period.
This low economic classification of the most populous African country did change early this year when the statistics office recalculated the nation’s GDP for the past four years using 2010 as a new base year. The result of the exercise, as announced by the Statistician General and Chief Executive of the bureau, Dr Yemi Kale, on April 6, 2014, showed that Nigeria’s nominal GDP for 2010 was N54.20 trillion, while those for 2011, 2012 and 2013 were N63.25 trillion, N71.18 trillion and N80.22 trillion, respectively.
“Analysing the 1990 nominal series, agriculture contributed 30.3 per cent to the GDP, while industry contributed 46.1 per cent and services contributed 23.6 per cent.
According to the rebased 2010 series, in nominal terms, the share of agriculture has declined to 24 per cent. The share of industry to the country’s GDP has also declined to 25.8 per cent, while the share of services to the country’s GDP has increased to 50.2 per cent,” Kale said.
Presentation of the revised figures was said to have been witnessed by representatives of the public and private sectors of the Nigerian economy as well as those of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) who readily endorsed the rebasing outcome.
The dollar equivalent of the 2013 GDP figure which is $510 billion was also found to be higher than South Africa’s $384.3 billion for the same year, hence the claim that Nigeria has now overtaken late Nelson Mandela’s country as the largest economy in Africa, ranking 26th in the world and only a few spots to realising her vision of being counted among the world’s 20 most prosperous nations by the year 2020.
But even with all this, there still exists a puzzling contrast between the rising GDP growth rate and increasing poverty level in Nigeria.
The country’s over 7 per cent average annual growth rate for the past five years was touted to be among the highest in the world, almost equal to those of the so-called Asian Tigers. And considering that this growth was most evident in agricultural and trading activities where the bulk of Nigeria’s rural poor are engaged, it still beats the mind as to why there is hardly any visible improvement in their incomes and welfare.
In its Nigeria Economic Report of May 2013, the World Bank said, “Poverty rate remains high in Nigeria, particularly in rural areas. These rates declined between 2003-2004 and 2009-2010, although not nearly as fast as would be expected from the pace of economic growth in the country.
“While the officially reported growth rates of GDP well exceed population growth in the country, the pace of poverty reduction does not, this implies that the number of poor Nigerians living below the poverty line has grown measurable.”
The erstwhile CBN Governor and now Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, had while attempting to explain this unfortunate circumstance in Nigeria blamed it on the government’s economic policy that needs to change.
According to him, “…The economy since SAP is one that supports imported consumption and not local production, perpetuating dependency, non inclusive growth and insecurity. Why is it that the economy is growing at 7 per cent annually but the people are getting poorer? The answer is simply because growth gains are not evenly distributed. Personal income is skewed towards people in the oil industry, telecoms, high finance, stock market, real estate and yes civil servants and politicians who feed on corruption. We produce crude oil but import petroleum products.
“We have a large cotton belt but import textiles from China. We are the world’s number one producer of cassava but import cassava starch from Europe. We have a huge tomato belt in Kadawa, Jigawa and Chad Basin but are the world’s largest importer of tomato paste – from China and Italy. We can produce rice but we import rice from Thailand and India – most of it from grain reserves that have been in stock for over five years.”
The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, had while commending the GDP rebasing effort cautioned against Nigerians expecting an immediate reflection of the new figures on the prevailing poverty and unemployment situations in the country. She, however, assured that the outcome will serve as additional tool for the government to tackle poverty and improve the people’s standard of living.
According to her, “Not all our ratios look good. Our revenue to GDP ratio doesn’t look that good. We have a tax to GDP ratio of about 20 per cent, which is in the range of emerging market economies, but our non-oil tax to GDP ratio is quite low at seven per cent.
“With these new GDP numbers, we are not going to look so good. Our tax revenue to GDP ratio will fall to about 12 per cent and four per cent for non-oil tax…”
It has been said that the bulk of Nigeria’s income ends up in the hands of a privileged few. Some analysts have even suggested that 90 per cent of these incomes are in the hands of less than three per cent of the entire 160 million population.
What’s more, taxation which is a veritable weapon of income redistribution has hardly been administered effectively. Tax dodging and evasion, particularly by the elite, have continued to expand the income gap in Nigeria.
Again, the clumsy implementation of the N18,000 national minimum wage by governments at all tiers has also served to ensure that earnings between the rich and the poor tend even wider apart.
The 2013 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, had attempted to draw global attention to the growing income inequality in the world, especially in the emerging market economies. But rather than draw from the message of that summit, the Nigerian delegation came back looking like people who obviously missed the point.
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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