Presidential Endorsement For ‘Mr Projects’


If anyone was in doubt about the threat that Governor Nyesom Ezenwo  Wike poses to the evil forces  that raped Rivers State blind for eight years, such doubts were cleared after the visit of the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
The actions of the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), days to the visit of the Acting President unmasked their desperation for mischief and anti-development politics. The Rivers APC had written to the Acting President pleading with him not to visit the state on the invitation of Governor Wike.
A paragraph from the Rivers APC letter to the Acting President reads: “The reference to the governor as ‘Mr. Projects’ jokingly made by the Ag. President the last time he was in the State is still being used by Governor Wike to continue to ridicule and insult APC and its members in Rivers State to this day. We cannot encourage him with further materials to continue his anti-APC propaganda against us”.
Despite the efforts of the APC to scuttle the visit, the Acting President visited the state last Thursday. This visit further cemented the title, “Mr Projects”, freely conferred on Governor Wike by the Acting President.
Even though the Acting President commissioned just two out of the several projects slated for inauguration, it dawned on the entire country that a new governance model has been consolidated in Nigeria. The model of placing the people above all other considerations.
Commissioning Of The Largest Fertiliser Plant In Africa
Today, in Rivers State, there are strategic investments that are playing leading roles in the economy of Nigeria. These investments, despite the prevailing economic challenges, are waxing strong.
Indorama Fertiliser Plant is one investment that has been nurtured under the friendly business climate created by Governor Wike. This plant is one of the largest in this part of the world, playing critical roles in the revival of the nation’s agricultural sector, which is the highest employer of labour in the country.
Indorama is growing because of the favourable investment climate provided by the Wike administration. The governor has personally interfaced with the management of the company,   strengthening areas of partnerships and building their operational security through enhanced community relations and participation.
The governor’s regular personal interventions have ensured that all high profile business concerns in the state are shielded from host community conflicts that disrupt production. Whenever a situation arises, he steps in personally to resolve the areas of friction so that economic activities will continue to flourish. This is the selling point that makes it easy for investors to commit their resources in the state.
Indorama Petrochemicals has directly benefited from the governor’s social engineering skills to resolve conflicts between host communities and the company.
When a crisis threatened to disrupt the operations of Indorama early in July, Governor Wike held a meeting with the host communities, Elelenwo-Akpajo-Aleto-Njuru-Okerewa (ELANO) and Indorama Petrochemicals to resolve the conflict.
Speaking at the commissioning of the plant, Governor  Wike explained that his driving force for improving the business climate in the State is the need to create employment opportunities.
Chokocho-Umuechem-Ozuzu Road and Chokocho-Igbo-Etche-Rumuokurushi Interchange
These two roads span 30 kilometres. They constitute some of the major interventions of Governor Wike to resolve the deliberate neglect that the Etche ethnic nationality suffered under the Amaechi administration for eight years.
Governor Wike had earlier restored the link between Etche and Port Harcourt when he constructed the Igwuruta-Chokocho Road and Ulakwo-Afara-Nihi Road. He is also reconstructing General Hospitals in Okehi and Omuma.
Appraising the importance of the roads to the people of Etche, Acting President Osinbajo prayed that such opportunities should be replicated in all the 23 local government areas of the state. In his happiness, he walked on the two roads, shaking hands with the people.
It was a palpable celebration of performance, an endorsement of the judicious use of Rivers resources to improve the living condition of the people and a silent advice to other governors to borrow a leaf from Governor Wike.
For Acting President Osinbajo, a performer deserves encouragement, irrespective of his political affiliation.
Presidential Endorsement
Amaechi, though part of the Acting President’s entourage to the State, was conspicuously absent at the commissioning of the two road projects.
Acting President  Osinbajo, while commissioning the two roads  said, “today is a very happy day. And I pray that we always have happy days. I am very happy to be here to witness the commissioning of these roads in this local government.
“The Federal Government wants to support every effort that makes the lives of people easier and   benefits the people. I want to say that this effort is one of those that makes life easier for people, especially the people of Etche.
“We must always look for ways that we can advance the interest of this country..
“I am very happy to see the sense of unity here in Rivers State. The governor is the one who initiated this project and has done it very well.
“Here, we have Senator Magnus Abe from another party. I want to say that sense of unity and collaboration is important.
“I want to commend Governor Wike for the great work. This is great. I know that there are other great works he is doing. This is wonderful to see. I will look at it myself.
“I am very happy that the people of Etche are experiencing this great project. Let me enjoy this day with you, God bless you.
“It’s been largely a successful visit. I thank the governor for his hospitality as usual and for the work that he is doing.”
Despite the inability  of the Acting President to commission  two other projects, the Rukpokwu-Aluu Road and the Rumuokoro Market and Park, both in Obio/Akpor  Local Government Area, Governor Wike went ahead to inaugurate the  two projects.
At the commissioning of the two projects, Governor Wike expressed his commitment to the sustained delivery of pro-people projects, despite the antics of enemies of the state.
He said: “They are annoyed that our projects are being commissioned. Their anger will not stop us from delivering projects for our people. I heard on the radio that the other party wrote the Acting President, saying that the commissioning of projects makes us shine. They have forgotten that we shine because God is with us and the numerous projects that we execute for our people”.
The endorsement of Wike as a performing governor predates the recent one by the Acting President. The leaders of the APC who were in the state for similar visits had at various times, acknowledged this fact. First, it was Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, then Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari. The ultimate came from the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, who has endorsed Governor Wike twice.
Nwakaudu is the Special Assistant to Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media.