Wike Swears-In Rivers Acting CJ …Proclaims 8th Assembly, Today …Promises Cabinet Of Rivers’ Best


The newly appointed Acting Chief Judge of the Rivers State Judiciary, Justice Daisy Okocha, and the President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Christy Nwankwo, are to be sworn in by the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, today.
The governor, who made the two appointments during his inauguration speech after his swearing-in by the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Justice Kate Abiri, said the swearing-in of the Principal heads of the Judiciary in Rivers State was to end the one year of doldrum and judicial crisis in Rivers State.
The governor also said that he would open the courts for normal judicial proceedings in the state, as well as open the Rivers State House of Assembly for normal legislative proceeding after a formal proclamation of the new House of Assembly, today.
The governor, who assured that his administration will liberate Rivers State from the throes of mismanagement by the past administration, said he will also carry out a forensic audit of budgetary failure in all sectors as well as probe the sales of government properties without due process.
He said his administration will give priority attention to education, security, environmental protection, tourism, youth empowerment, and the development of new cities in Ahoada, Bori and Degema, to decongest the monolithnic status of Port Harcourt as the only city in Rivers State.
The governor also called on Rivers people to make imput to the process of governance, and assured that he would run an open governance that would respond to the yearnings and aspirations of the people of Rivers State.
Meanwhile, The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has promised to select the best hands in the State into his cabinet.
He made the promise during a Special thanksgiving service to usher in his administration at the Salvation ministries in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
The governor’s pledge,  came after a passionate appeal by the Senior Pastor of Salvation Ministeries, David Ibiyeomie on the need to select men of capacity and intergrity to serve as Commissioners and aides.
But Wike said both technocrats and politicians of capacity would be assembled adding “I will bring in technocrats and I will also bring politicians”.
The governor reiterated the need for a new Rivers State, recalling that the road to becoming the governor was strewn with hurdles but he thanked God for surmounting them.
He said, “When God has said what will be no matter the blackmail, it will be”.
The Rivers State governor used the Church service to dispel claims that he is a member of secret cult, saying such stories about him were deliberate and to smear his image.
Wike while commending former President Goodluck Jonathan, said he has no regrets supporting him, emphasizing that his loyalty to the former first family remains intact.
On why he parted ways with former Governor Chibuike Amaechi, Wike said, “I had to leave the former government due to irreconcilable differences”.
He, therefore, assured that he and his deputy governor would work and take the state to the next level, while stating that without the help of God it would have been difficult to defeat a sitting governor.
Earlier in his sermon, Senior Pastor of Salvation Ministries David Ibiyeomie, urged the new Rivers State governor to select men of capacity to be in his cabinet.
Ibiyeomie charged Wike to shun political patronage , reminding him that he can’t please everybody in the position of leadership.
The man of God also called on politicians in the state to be statesmen rather than persons who are ready to exploit the system for their own benefits.
“Think of the impact you will make on your generation Ibiyeomie said, “leaders must be visionary by picturing ahead and setting goals to achieve in the future”.


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Rivers State Governor, Chief (Barr) Nyesom Wike taking oath of Allegiance, during the swearing-in ceremony at Liberation Stadium, last Friday.                                                                             Photo: Chris Monyanaga
Rivers State Governor, Chief (Barr) Nyesom Wike taking oath of Allegiance, during the swearing-in ceremony at Liberation Stadium, last Friday. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

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