International Recognition For A Performing Governor


No doubt,  the creation
of a new Rivers State by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike is still a work in progress. However,  the  truth is that he has achieved  significant  milestones  that cannot be ignored by all lovers of development.
Nobody  who has an open mind  comes to Rivers  State  without  falling in love with  the  governor’s superlative  performance.  Even the most diehard opposition politician in the state finds solace  in political  gossip,  as the issue of  development  has  been  squarely addressed.
The other day, the editors endorsed  the  governor’s projects after they embarked  on a project tour.This time, it is  the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Rwanda, Mr Busingye Johnston.
As a lawyer  and administrator  from a country that has been recreated,  the Rwandan Justice Minister understands the rudiments  of transformational leadership.  He is not a Nigerian  politician, hence, he cannot  be  accused of taking sides with the governor or his party.
In the last 14 months, Governor Wike has engaged in the most profound construction and reconstruction of infrastructure  ever witnessed in the country.  This is better appreciated  when the condition  he met Rivers State  in May, 2015 is taken into consideration.
From unpaid salaries  for months to several abandoned  projects down to zero economic  activities  which he inherited, Governor  Wike has given  life to all segments of Rivers State.  He has made it the centre of  growth and development,  which benefits  the people.
As you drive into Rivers State from the airport or through the roads or waterways,  you will discover  a different  Rivers State.   He is a resident governor in sharp contrast with the immediate past governor  who resided in Lagos and airport lounges from where he frittered away Rivers resources,  while the people  mourned their fate.
Under Governor Wike, the situation has changed,  it is Rivers first.  That is why the state is now host to international and national events.
To the  Attorney General and Minister of the Republic of Rwanda,  Mr Busingye Johnston, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike deserves commendation  for embarking on meaningful  development  projects in the state.
Mr Johnston,  the Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Rwanda said: “I am glad  to  report that what I have seen so far testifies that massive development  is taking place in Rivers State “.
He noted that on his way from the Port Harcourt  Airport, he saw several  ongoing developmental projects taking place, pointing  out  that  such developmental projects are what African States need at the moment. The Rwandan Minister of Justice  said that the time has come for Africans to work towards building the continent so that the future generations would live more meaningfully.
Also, the  Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami  (SAN) commended  Governor Wike for his outstanding contributions to  the  development  of the bar in Nigeria.
In his remarks, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami  (SAN) noted  that  Governor Wike  has  exhibited a higher sense of  commitment  to  the  development  of  the  Nigerian Bar Association.
He praised the Governor for his contribution  to the Bar headquarters  in  Abuja  which led to the naming of one of the floors as Rivers Floor.
He said, “your contribution to the development of the bar is remarkable . We are here to register  our appreciation of what you  have been doing for the bar”.
These two justice ministers  bared their minds when they visited Governor Wike at the Government House, Port Harcourt during a  courtesy visit ahead of the NBA Conference in Port Harcourt. Responding,  Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike assured the two Ministers of Justice  that his commitment  to  the  development of Nigeria and Rivers State  is borne out of the desire to improve  the  living condition of the people.
The governor  said all African  leaders must work together  to lift the continent from the dark corners of underdevelopment  for the sake of the future  generations.
He called for the respect of the rule of law as all leaders engage in governance.
Governor  Wike  reiterated  his commitment  to  the  unity of the country, stressing  that all his efforts are geared towards the sustenance  of Nigeria  and  her economy.
He said, “we believe that  this country  must be  united.  It doesn’t  matter  the political  party we belong to, this country  is one”.
Governor Wike commended the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami for showing  maturity  by paying him a courtesy  visit. He pointed out  that  as leader of the bar in Nigeria,  the Attorney General of the Federation has proved that he has the spirit of accommodation.
He said  that  the  visit of the Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Rwanda has further proved the growing  acceptance of  Rivers State  as a home of peace and an international  destination of choice, despite the negative  propaganda  by the opposition  in the state.
Today, everyone wants to work  with Rivers State and in Rivers State.  Those who  started the sponsorship of propaganda against  the  state have now realised the futility  of their actions.  With the several national and international conferences,  hundreds of thousands are coming over to Rivers State and instead of  witnessing violence,  they have witnessed  unprecedented development.
Rather than criticise the  government and people of Rivers State based on the false propaganda by the opposition, those who have visited have joined the expanding  team of those who appreciate   the governor  for delivering  on good governance.
It was also on Saturday,  August 20,  2016 that the President of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Augustine Alegeh  (SAN) commended  Governor Wike for his outstanding delivery of pro-people projects.
His commendation  was inspired  by  his commissioning of the first class Dr Peter Odili road in Port Harcourt,  constructed  by Julius Berger Plc.
At this event,  Governor Wike assured that he would never allow politics get in the way of the  delivery of projects  that will  empower the people.
For Governor Wike, every commendation  is a challenge  to  take his performance  to a higher level.  Therefore,  the Rivers people should continue  to expect better performance from their governor.
Nwakaudu is Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media.


Simeon Nwakaudu