A socio-cultural group, Nzuko Ndigbo, Rivers State chapter, an umbrella body of all Ibos living in the State has applauded the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike for the giant development strides of his administration, particularly in the areas of infrastructural development and security.
The group, which made the commendation in a statement issued in Port Harcourt and signed by its President General, Chief Bestman Akwaeluonwu, Secretary General, High Chief Henry Kanu and Publicity Secretary, Mazi Felix Chikwuendu thanked Governor Wike for his great efforts in keeping the state safe and his infrastructural development initiative, particularly in road construction in Port Harcourt and its environs.
“As Ibo people are mostly traders and businessmen, even some of our sons and daughters in the corporate sector, we all need to be in safe environment for our businesses to thrive,” the statement said, adding that “ there is no way businesses can prosper without good security and good road network for distribution of goods and services.”
It also commended the governor for restoring the Garden City status of Port Harcourt and prayed God to keep him fully protected and grant him the grace to do more for the state.
The group equally applauded the efforts of the state police command under the watch of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zaki Ahmed in combating crime and criminality across the state, pointing out that the Igbos had been at the receiving end, going by the spate of kidnapping and other criminal activities along Port Harcourt – Owerri Road axis of the State.
According to Nzuko Ndigbo, “ that route is a major route for our Ibo brothers and sisters who are always on the road either visiting their various villages or on business trips.”
He, however, noted with delight that in recent times, kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and other social vices have reduced to the barest minimum along that route.
The group also commended the efforts of the Chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area, Hon. Samuel Nwanosike towards this direction and thanked him for making the issues of security the top priority of his administration, stressing that since the council chairman assumed office, cult rivalry and kidnapping which he said had claimed several lives in the past have reduced drastically and by so doing making the area safe for Ibo people and other persons residing in the local government to carry out their businesses.
While lauding the Mayor of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, Hon. Victor Ihunwo and his Obio/Akpor Local Government counterpart, Hon Solomon Eke for their tireless efforts in securing residents of the areas and their property, the body thanked Governor Wike for appointing Hon Emeka Onowu, who hails from Imo State as Commissioner for Special Duties.
The group, however, charged Ndigbo resident in the state to live peacefully with their neighbours including their host communities to foster harmony and unity of purpose among them.
Members of the body commiserated with Governor Wike over the demise of the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Emmanuel Aguma (SAN) and prayed God to grant him, the Aguma family and the people of the state the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.