New Rivers At Two: A Chronicle  Of Superlative Projects Delivery

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Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio (2nd left), commissioning the Kpopie-Bodo Road in Gokana LGA, recently. With him are Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike (middle), his Deputy, Dr (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo, former Acting National Chairman, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus (2nd right), Senator George Thompson Sekibo (right) and other dignitaries.

Contd from last Wednesday.
The Rivers State Government financed  the construction of  120 Housing Units for personnel of the Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder in Port Harcourt City. The Housing Units named, Rivers quarters was commissioned by Governor Wike.
In the area of urban development, the Wike administration has revived Street and Traffic lights across Port Harcourt, Obio/Akpor and parts of Ikwerre Local Government Area.
The Operation Leave the Road initiated by the governor is bringing sanity on Port Harcourt roads. This project is to ensure that Street traders leave the roads while miscreants also relocate.
Economic Empowerment/ Job Creation
Official data  released by the National Bureau of Statistics, a Federal Government parastatal , indicate that the economy of Rivers State  has bounced back and is functioning  effectively  for the people  of the state. Internally generated revenue is growing, businesses are flourishing while the people are empowered  economically.
For every single project that has been awarded by Governor Wike, the administration always insists on the community empowerment component.  A specified  percentage  of employment is reserved for the youths and women, while community  entrepreneurs are given sub-contracts to supply materials  for  high profile projects.
For the small and medium-sized projects, local and indigenous  contractors have been patronized by the administration in a deliberate move to empower the people.
Most importantly, Governor Wike declared 2017 as the year of economic empowerment also known as stomach  infrastructure.
In the 2017 budget,  a cumulative sum of N12billion was allocated to the relevant line ministries to implement various youth and women development and empowerment schemes
The administration has created over 400,000 direct and indirect jobs through the statewide execution of projects , empowered families for the good of the majority.
Awards and Objective Independent Testimonies
Under this dispensation, Governor Wike has proved to be a performer and the undisputed “Mr Projects “ of Nigeria . From 29th May, 2015, he has religiously kept his promise to transform  Rivers State and entrench  the process of development, peace and  national growth.
As a result of the governor’s superlative performance  in the last two years, he has been honoured by several groups.
The Rivers State Christian Association of Nigeria, conferred on him the “Apostle of Peace “ award in recognition of his exemplary efforts in the task of peace building and maintenance of security.
He emerged as the “Sun Governor of the Year, 2016”, “Independent Newspaper Man of the Year, 2016” and “Authority Newspapers of the Year, 2016” for his outstanding achievements in the areas of projects  execution  and service delivery.
Testimonies
The following  are highlights of independent  assessments of distinguished Nigerians who have witnessed first hand, governor wike’s outstanding performance in the last two years.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo during his visit to Rivers State for a meeting with stakeholders,  commended Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for his efforts at improving infrastructure in the state.
He described him as “Mr. Project”.
Vice President Osinbajo was highly elated over the  number of development projects under the administration of Governor Wike.
He said: “He is indeed Mr. Projects. As we came in today, we had to visit some project sites”.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan
Former President Goodluck Jonathan after his visit to Government House, Port Harcourt on Saturday, March 18, 2017 declared  that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has performed creditably well since assumed office , transforming the state in the process .
He praised the governor for keeping the torch shinning by his exemplary  performance, which has justified  his election  by the people of Rivers State. .
He said: “I am part of Rivers State. I grew up in Rivers State and Bayelsa was carved out of Rivers State. Also, my wife is from Rivers State. Today, is my first day of visiting Rivers State since Wike assumed office as Governor. Twenty two months down the line, I am quite impressed with what I have seen. One thing I must commend Wike is that he has positive traits. I always believe that wherever you find yourself, add value. Governor Wike has added value in Rivers State. He has done well to show his signature.”
Former Senate President David Mark
Former Senate President; Senator David Mark emphasised  that Governor Wike has used his mandate to positively change the developmental outlook of Rivers State, keeping his promises, instead of giving excuses for failure.
Speaking on the projects delivery of Governor Wike after commissioning the 8-kilometre Ozuoba-Ogbogoro-Rumuolumeni road, Senator Mark said : “so far, he has governed well  now people are beginning to see the results of the promises that he made.
“He is not only keeping his promises , he also has the welfare of the people at heart. That is what governance is all about. Those who voted him are reaping in the benefits of democracy.
“Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike is a man of action who keeps to his words and promises. I want to thank you for keeping to your promises.’
.”I am a great advocate of change the change. Because what brought APC to power is change. Now we have seen that change has not taken place. We have to change that change now. Why we must change the change is because those who called for change are not keeping their promise”, Senator Mark said.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu
Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, praised  Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike,  for bringing back faith in government through his superlative projects delivery  at a time people  were losing faith in government.
Ekweremadu made the remark after he commissioned  the Rumuepirikom-Rumuolumeni road leading  to  key economic  outlets , the Ignatius  Ajuru University of Education and Naval  Warship,  NNS Pathfinder.
He said: “I can see people working together; I can see a state government  in action.  I can see a governor  committed to  the transformation  of the  state and a governor  determined to use the opportunity  given to him  by the people of the  state to the benefit  of the people. I am happy  to see that the governor has brought faith to government when people are losing faith in government”.
Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio
Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio,said that the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo  Wike, has executed more projects in the last two years than the Federal Government.
Akpabio, who spoke with journalists in Port Harcourt shortly after accompanying Wike on inspection of projects on Monday, explained that the governor’s outstanding performance stemmed from his love for Rivers people.
He said, “Governor Wike has done more work and projects in the last two years than the Federal Government. That is my considered opinion. Performance is not necessarily an issue of the availability of resources. If your state gets N5bn, do projects of that amount.
If you get N1bn, do projects commensurate with that figure. For Governor Wike, he has judiciously applied the scarce resources available to the state to develop needed infrastructure.
The resources available to Rivers State is nothing compared to that of the Federal Government. Rivers State Government gets far less than a quarter than one per cent of what accrues to the Federal Government, but we can see the tremendous quality of transformation taking place in the state.”
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal
Sokoto State Governor,Aminu Tambuwal, has described Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo  Wike as a man of the people.
He spoke after commissioning  expanded Okrika (ATC) Landing Jetty at Okrika Town, in Okrika Local Government Area and the newly constructed Alakahia Link Road in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.
He said Wike has endeared himself to Rivers people.
“I see that Goveror Wike is a man of the people who is committed to the development of the state, Tambuwal said
Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha
Former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, praised Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, for executing  lifetime legacy projects.
Ihedioha, who inspected projects with Governor  in Port Harcourt,   said God has blessed Rivers state by using the governor to lift it to greater heights.
The former deputy speaker said the projects have transformed the fortunes of the state and expressed happiness with the quality of contractors engaged by governor Wike to build a new Rivers state.
“This governor is a blessing to the people of Rivers state.I am impressed by the work he is doing to move the state ahead. I know the extent of work done so far because I grew up here in Port Harcourt, at Captain Amangala Street.   This governor has obliterated the upland and riverine dichotomy.
“He has united the people of Rivers state through projects and politics of inclusion. Wike is a good example of democratic leadership and the delivery of quality projects for the growth of society.
Former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido
Former Jigawa State Governor, Dr Sule Lamido  advised the leadership  of  the  All Progressives Congress  ( APC) at all levels to learn the art and science  of leadership and  projects delivery from Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.
He spoke during the commissioning of the reconstructed Ozuoba-Rumosi road in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area ..
He said: “Only PDP Governors are working. We in PDP,  care and we are concerned. If we are giving a responsibility, we discharge it creditably. Governor Wike has done very well.  I extend the gratitude  of the entire PDP family to Governor Wike for his performance “.Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum,
Abdulaziz Yari
Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, commended Governor Nyesom Ezenwo  Wike on his efforts at transforming Rivers State despite the current economic recession in the country.
Governor  Yari   made  the commendation at the Government House, Port Harcourt, shortly  after  a closed-door meeting with Wike.
Yari, who  said  he and others visited Wike in his capacity as governor and to  discuss issues concerning the NGF.
According to Yari, who is a chieftain  of the All Progressives Congress (APC): “We came here for friendship and private discussions, concerning the Nigerian Governors’ Forum. He is a member and we visit our members. When he has the  opportunity, Governor Wike will visit Kebbi and Zamfara states. This  is a  brotherly visit.
“He took us round to see development projects and the way he is changing the face of  the Government House. Despite the fact that we are having a serious  economic  crisis on our hands, which we are trying  to manage, he has managed to come up with some programmes for the betterment  of Rivers people. This is commendable.”
Former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku
Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku,  declared that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike deserves, The Sun Governor of the Year 2016 award because of his outstanding performance.
Presenting the award to Wike at the weekend in Lagos, Anyaoku applauded the governor for placing development projects on the priority list of his government.
He said: “This is clearly a most deserving award. Wike has been in the news for good reasons. We know Wike is working. I learnt that his nickname is Mr. Projects.
“I have been asking questions and I was told the number of projects that he has executed in Rivers State. And I did ask him while we sat together, how he was able to raise funds for all these projects. He told me that he manages to do all these projects through prudent management. Today, it gives me great pleasure to hand over this award to a most deserving awardee.”
Conclusion
Under the leadership of Governor Wike, Rivers State is witnessing her most profound stretch of development.  The governor has entrenched  commitment , courage, focus and visionary leadership across  the state, galvanizing all stakeholders  to place Rivers State above personal  considerations.
From road infrastructure to water supply, from health to education, from security of lives and property  to access to justice and from economic empowerment to sports development, Governor Wike has redefined leadership.
Governor Wike has proved that good governance  is possible under an era of economic  recession.  The governor  has also proved that good governance can progress simultaneously with the defence of Rivers peoples’ democratic rights.