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The Administration has intervened in Federal Courts. It constructed and furnished:
.The Federal Court Complex
.The National Industrial Court
.Reconstructed the Court of Appeal
The Administration also built an ultra-modern secretariat for the Port Harcourt branch of the Nigerian Bar Association.
Governor Wike also attended to the welfare of all the State’s judges, and magistrates by providing brand new cars for them to enhance their comfort and movement.
The First Phase of the Ultra-Modern Judges Quarters comprising of 20 5-bedroom luxurious duplexes, as part of a new housing plan for judicial officers, has been completed.
After the dark era he inherited, Governor Wike has invested deliberately with a view to making Port Harcourt a regional judicial hub and the best place where judicial officers, lawyers and litigants can have all the comfort that they need to dispense justice and receive judicial services as the case may be.
Investments in Security of Lives and Property
Despite the political distractions, Rivers State remains one of the safest places to live and do business. It has turned out as Nigeria’s centre of conferences, international meetings and religious programmes because of the secure environment.
Between 2016 and 2019, more than 100 National, International Conferences and Sporting Events held in Rivers State. This vote of confidence in the security framework of the state attracted over 400,000 high class visitors at different times.
In terms of financial statistics, these conferences and meetings injected billions of naira into the state’s economy. Hotel accommodation, commercial transportation, souvenirs trade and small scale food vendors experienced economic boom.
Over the period, Governor Wike initiated and signed into law the anti-Kidnapping and Anti-Cultism law passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly. The law gave the security agencies the legal instrument to tackle kidnappers and cultists.
To strengthen the security architecture of the state; Governor Wike in the course of the last two years, has distributed over 250 security vans to all the security agencies in the state to fight crime.
The Wike administration has also procured six armoured personnel carriers, while 80 broken down armoured personnel carriers have been rehabilitated by the Rivers State Government for use of security agencies.
The administration has restored and sustained monthly subvention to security agencies. This is significant because the immediate past APC administration in the state failed to release funds to security agencies for over three years.
To improve marine security, Governor Wike procured and handed over 8 Security Gunboats to the Nigerian Navy. The process of the acquisition of 13 more security vans for the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Police has been activated by Governor Wike.
More than 20 security gunboats have been rehabilitated by the Wike administration and put to use by the security agencies operating in the state.
Cooperating with the Nigerian Navy Ship Pathfinder, NNS Pathfinder, the Rivers State Government completed residential quarters for Naval personnel at the Naval Base in Rumuolumeni.
As a popularly elected governor with immense love for his people, Governor NyesomEzenwoWike in liaison with security agencies and security experts worked out a unique amnesty programme to enthrone lasting peace in the state.
Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency
This agency backed by a law passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly was established to assist security agencies with relevant intelligence and support to fight crime.
The agency fashioned in line with global best practices has recruited qualified personnel in liaison with security agencies. The agency will fully come on stream to address security concerns in different communities in the State.
ª%Commerce and Economic Sector Developmen
This is yet another sector where Governor Wike has impacted the lives of the people, positively. During the period under review, the governor has developed markets to create opportunities for traders to ply their trade in comfort and safety.
The Rumuokoro Market and Park, is a modern market initiated and executed by Governor Wike with a view to solving the challenge of street trading.
The Mile One Market in Port Harcourt was razed down before Governor Wike assumed office. The previous administration failed to construct the market as promised. Today, Governor Wike has rebuilt the Market.
The Fruit Garden Market in D-Line, Port Harcourt which was razed down, has been reconstructed by Governor Wike. Before the reconstruction, Governor Wike gave business grants to traders who lost their wares in the inferno.
Empowerment Schemes
Since 2016, theWike Administration has been investing in the empowerment of traders, small businesses and young entrepreneurs.
The State released the sum of N2 billion as grant to over 20,000 small business owners to invest and grow their small business in 2016.
This year, N200million monthly revolving interest-free loan has been made available for youths to start or grow their small businesses.
Similarly, N500 million grants to empower 10,000 women across the State have been released for them to invest in their small businesses.
The N100 million revolving interest-free loan for civil servants to take care of immediate needs initiated by the Wike Administration is running.
Tourism Development
Through deliberate investments, Governor Wike has turned Rivers State into a major tourist centre in the country.
Port Harcourt Pleasure Park
The Port Harcourt Pleasure Park initiated and executed by his administration is the best in the country. It attracts several thousands to the state. It is an excellent recreational facility
Also within the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park, the Wike Administration has constructed a Cinema and Restaurant.
Rex Lawson Cultural Centre
The Rex Lawson Cultural Centre completed and commissioned by the Wike Administration is promoting culture and tourism in the region.
Rivers State played host to 25 States of the Federation during the 31st National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) in October 2018. The festival was adjudged the best in recent history.
Sports Development
In the last four years, Governor Wike has addressed Sports as a means of empowering the youths and enhancing the economy of the state.
.Real Madrid Football Academy
This is one of the most outstanding contributions to the growth of sports in the country. Governor Wike personally drove the process. He travelled to Spain where he negotiated the establishment of the Academy. Officials of Real Madrid were in Port Harcourt to formalize the process, while the Foundation Stone was laid by CAF President, Ahmed Ahmed. The facility is ready and will groom the next generation of stars for Nigeria
Over the past four years, Rivers State has played host to key international matches. In 2018, Super Eagles played DR Congo at the AdokiyeAmiesimaka Stadium in their last preparation game before heading for the World Cup.
The Nation’s U-23 Football qualified after playing against Congo in Port Harcourt. On September 28, 2015, Super Eagles defeated Les Mena of Niger by two unreplied goals at the AdokiyeAmiesimaka in Port Harcourt.
Tbe State hosted the Joseph Yobo Testimonial/Centenary Game which attracted International stars and managers.
Also, the Administration established Rivers United Football Club and adequately funding the team for it to win laurels for the State;
ª% strengthened Rivers Angels Football Club;
ª%Cleared arrears of salaries and sign-on fees owed to the two clubs;
ª% revived the State’s Basketball Club;
ª% hosted National Wrestling Festival;
ª%hosted the African Wrestling Championship;
ª%All African Senior Badminton Championship
ª% organized the 1st Rivers State Sports Development Initiative for under 17 Athletes;
ª%provided improved funding for the Rivers State Sports Council;comprehensively reconstructed,
ª% rehabilitated, and restored the King Alfred Diete Spiff Sports Complex to what it used to be. The facilities that have now been restored.
Women Development
Since the creation of Rivers State, it is under the leadership of Governor Wike that concrete efforts have been made to develop women and promote gender equality.
Today, the Deputy Governor, DrIpalibo Harry Banigo is a woman, while the 23 Local Government Areas elected Vice Chairmen are women. Over 150 Elected Ward Councillors are women.
The State Chief Judge, Justice AdamaIyaye-Laminkara and President, Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Christy Gabriel Nwankwoare women. The Administration has appointed several women as Permanent Secretaries and directors.
Credit facilities have been provided for less privileged women to help them to boost their businesses.
The Wife of the Rivers State Governor, NyesomEzenwoWike has supported through different orientation programmes, especially Rivethics.
Civil Service Welfare
This is one area that has gained from the governor’s investments in the promotion of good governance.
Since he cleared the months of salaries inherited from the immediate past APC Administration, the governor has been regular in the payment of salaries and pensions.
For the emergence of an efficient and effective civil service, Governor Wike has funded the training and value re-orientation of the State Civil Service.
Housing Development
This is one area that the Wike Administration has made appreciable progress through public-private approach to governance. In the last four years, the governor has achieved a great mileage in this sector.
Governor Wike encouraged Private sector investments in housing delivery through the Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority. This initiative has started yielding fruits as some private sector developers have come onboard, including Sammiya Nig. Ltd, which has already commenced the development of about 6000 mixed residential houses in the new city.
Governor Wike Administration developed a-?50 2-bedroom low-cost houses at Iriebe , constructed 50 one-bedroom houses for the Department of State Security and the 24 units of 2-bedroom flats for Nigerian Air Force.
The Administration Constructed 24 three-bedroom flats for senior civil servants. The quarters have been commissioned for use by the senior civil servants.
Another set of 50 units of low cost houses at Ogu are now in place.
. State Ecumenical Centre:
. Restore Rivers Initiative
This is a programme initiated by the Wike Administration to restore and upgrade key Government Structures and Facilities.
.Reconstructed, restored and furnished the Old Government House (Brick House) and lawns;
.Renovated Government House buildings and Guest Houses
.Cconstructed the Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority Head office
.Reconstructed the Chief Emmanuel Aguma House (Former Produce House)
.Reconstructed nos. 34A and 34B Aba road office complex, Port Harcourt; and
.Reconstructed the Primary Healthcare Board Building.
Provision of Water
In a very determined way, the Wike Administration has ensured the provision of water to urban and rural communities. Several abandoned rural water facilities have been rehabilitated or completed within the last four years.
Governor Wike has executed some rural water projects in Eleme, Okrika, as well as in some communities in Akuku Toru and Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Areas of the State under the EU-UNDSP Quick win programme.
The Administration has put in place the institutional framework for realizing the Port Harcourt Water Project to be funded with the World Bank Loan.
It has also rehabilitated the Moscow water pumping station in Port Harcourt.
Agricultural Development
Governor Wike is driving agricultural development through the creation of the right environment for private investments.
In May 2018, the Rivers State Government sealed a new mechanized agro farming deal with a South Korean Firm, Chang B2B Company Limited . The South Korean Firm got 10, 000 hectares in Emohua Local Government Area, which created 2000 direct and indirect jobs.
The objective of facilitating land for investors is to create jobs through massive agricultural investors.
Commenting on the deal, Managing Director of Chang B2B Company Limited and Leader of Delegation, Mr Kim Kyochang assured that the company will invest in rice production in Emohua Local Government Area.
This model has led to the revival of former Risonpalm, now under the management ofSiat Nigeria Limited.
Siat in Ubima and Elele towns now produce the very best palm fruits. The facility engages in commercial harvesting and the entire outfit sanitized, electricity production ongoing with 4274hectares due for planting.
This partnership in commercial agriculture has impacted positively on communities in the areas of salaries, and wages , social responsibilities and contracts that have been awarded members of the host communities including land clearing contracts .
Siatis spending over N1Billion on the average in direct of indirect activities to the host communities. Over 5000 persons are employed by the company.
The Wikeadministration is working with private investors to revive the Rubber company.
Governor Wike has since opened liaison with foreign investors on the development of commercial agriculture platforms. The state government had pledged access to land as her contribution to the promotion of large scale farming.
Commissioning as a Platform for National Integration and Accountability
It is on record that Governor Wike has executed and commissioned the highest number of projects in Nigeria since 2015. The commissioning of these projects has been used by Governor Wike to strengthen the bond of National Unity and integration.
Those who commission projects in Rivers State are from different states and geo-political zones. They cut across party, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Through projects’ commissioning, Governor Wike has preached the gospel of National Unity, Development and accountability.
A shortlist of those who have commissioned projects in Rivers State:
•Vice President YemiOsinbajo commissioned Chokocho-Umuechem-Ozuzu road and Chokocho -Igbo-Etche-Rumuokurushi Inter- Change
•Former President Goodluck Jonathan commissioned IPO-Omademe-Airport Road and Second Nkpogu Bridge
•Former Head of State, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) commissioned Garrison-Trans-Amadi-Slaughter-WojiElelenwo Road in Port Harcourt
•Former Vice President AtikuAbubakar commissioned Phase One ofIsiokpo Internal Roads
•Senate President BukolaSaraki commissioned Obiri-Ikwerre Airport Road
•Speaker of House of Representatives, YakubuDogara commissioned Woji-Elelenwo Dual Carriageway
• Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal commissioned Birabi Memorial Grammar School, Bori and College of Medical Sciences building, Rivers State University
• Delta State Governor, Senator IfeanyiOkowa commissioned Mgbuoshimini Model Primary School and Mgbuoshimini Primary Healthcare Centre in Obio/Akpor LGA
• Former Senate President David Mark commissioned Ozuoba-Ogbogoro-Rumuolumeni road in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area
• Former Speaker of House of Representatives, GhaliNa’abacommissioned Edeoha-Ikata- Ochigba Road in Ahoada East Local Government Area
• Former Rivers State Governor, Dr Peter Odili commissioned the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park and Denni-Fiberesima Doctors Quarters
•Former Rivers State Governor, Sir Celestine Omehia commissioned Eneka Road
•Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose commissioned Elele-Alimini Internal Roads
•Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu commissioned Rumueprikom-Rumuolumeni Road
•General Overseer of RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye commissioned Rivers State Ecumenical Centre
•Primate of Anglican Church of Nigeria, Most Rev Nicholas Okoh commissioned the Government House Chapel of Everlasting Grace
•Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’adAbubakar commissioned the Secretariat of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers
•Obi of Onistsha, Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe commissioned Abacha Road, Port Harcourt
•Ooni of Ife, Oba AdeyeyeEnitanOgunwusi commissioned Rex Lawson Cultural Centre, Port Harcourt
• Former Kaduna State Governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi commissioned Nyemoni Grammar School, Abonnema
•Former Jigawa State Governor, SuleLamido commissioned Government Secondary School, Onne
•Former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Senator GodswillAkpabio commissioned Omoku Internal Roads and Igwuruta-Chokocho Road
•Former Plateau State Governor, Senator Jonah Jang commissioned Civil Servants Quarters
•Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghencommissioned National Industrial Court and Reconstructed Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt by the Wike Administration
• PDP National Chairman, Prince UcheSecondus commissioned Eliozu -Rumunduru-Elimgbu (Oro-Igwe ) road.
• Former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan
•Former Delta State Governor, James Iboricommissioned BishopFubara Street, Captain Amangala Street and Tourist Beach Road
•Former Chief Judge, Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta commissioned the Federal High Court Complex constructed by the Wike Administration
Recognitions and Outstanding Awards
Following his outstanding developmental strides, Rivers State Governor, NyesomEzenwoWike has been honoured nationally and internationally.
On October 30, 2017, Governor Wike received the “Global Human Settlements Outstanding Contribution Award”organised by the Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards (SCAHSA) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The award is supported by the United Nations Environment. He was recently honoured with the Power of Sports (POS Africa) Award by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Africa during its 81st Congress in Brussels, Belgium.
The Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers conferred on Governor Wike “Pride of Rivers State (PRS) and Daar Communications Plc owners of AIT conferred on Governor Wike the first overall Daar Communication PLC “Governor of the year 2018”. Also, the Nigerian Medical Association conferred on the Governor the (NMA) healthcare merit award for his outstanding projects delivery in the Health Sector. Governor NyesomWike of Rivers state also emerged winner of the Nigeria union of journalists NUJ Prize for outstanding leadership and infrastructural development.
Governor Wike is Silverbird Man of the Year, 2017, Sun Newspaper Governor of the Year, 2017, New Telegraph Man of the Year, 2017, Leadership Newspaper Governor of the Year 2017, Businessday Newspaper Governor of the Year 2018 and Independent Newspaper Political Icon of the Year, 2017.
Earlier, he emerged as Sun Newspaper Governor of the Year, 2016, Independent Newspaper Man of the Year 2016, Authority Newspaper Man of the Year, 2016 and Rivers State Christian Association of Nigeria Apostle of Peace.
Governor Wike holds the highest honour in the State. The Grand Service Star of Rivers State (GSSRS).
Political Sagacity/ Statewide Acceptance.
One of the distinguishing features of Governor Wike is his application of political wisdom to carry the people along and defend the interest of the state. In all his activities, Rivers State is placed first and above every other consideration.
As a result of his commitment to Rivers State, Governor Wikeenjoys adeep state-wide acceptance. There is no part of the state, where he is notpopular with the people for his frank leadership and his willingness to spread projects.
Only recently after his re-election, Rivers women presented him with humble but profound gifts. The market women at Fruit Garden Market presented their gifts of appreciation on behalf of Rivers people.
Governor Wike enjoys a fantastic level of street credibility. Due to his high level of performance and natural leadership,
One Hundred Percent Christian State
The Governor continues to indicate without equivocation that Rivers State is totally a Christian State. Like the Governor says, he has no apologies about it. He has completely dedicated Rivers State to God.
In very practical ways, Governor Wike has continued topromote Christianity. This commitment to God has attracted countless blessings.
To unify the Christian Faith, Governor Wike constructed the Rivers State Ecumenical Centre. At the Government House Port Harcourt, he constructed the Chapel of Everlasting Grace. He has reached out to different churches and also promotes evangelism by ensuring that Churches have access to crusade venues.
ª%New Mandate (2019-2023)
It is said that the reward for hardwork is more work. Governor Wike has performed exceptionally well in the last four years. In appreciation, the good people of Rivers State overwhelmingly re-elected him.
His re-election is the most outstanding and historic under the present dispensation. The people staked their lives and insisted that their votes must count.
Governor Wike (PDP) polled 886, 264 votes to defeat EngrBiokpomaboAwara (AAC) who scored 173,859 votes. The margin of victory was 712,405 votes. Rivers people spoke with a loud voice. They declared theirpreference for Governor Wike and his outstanding leadership.
Therefore, 2019 to 2023 shall witness another round of quality projects and programmes aimed at consolidating on the gains of Governor Wike’s first term.
Rivers at 50: The Golden Jubilee Celebration
The historic celebration of Rivers State Golden Jubilee was driven by Governor NyesomEzenwoWike in 2017. This was a world class celebration that attracted the world to Rivers State.
The Golden Jubilee celebrations brought to the fore, the history, culture, achievements, potentials and aspirations of Rivers State and her people
Political Sagacity/ Statewide Acceptance
One of the distinguishing features of Governor Wike is his application of political wisdom to carry the people along and defend the interest of the state. In all his activities, Rivers State is placed first and above every other consideration.
As a result of his commitment to Rivers State, Governor Wikeenjoys adeep state-wide acceptance. There is no part of the state, where he is notpopular with the people for his frank leadership and his willingness to spread projects.
Only recently after his re-election, Rivers women presented him with humble but profound gifts. The market women at Fruit Garden Market presented their gifts of appreciation on behalf of Rivers people.
Governor Wike enjoys a fantastic level of street credibility. Due to his high level of performance and natural leadership.
One Hundred Percent Christian State
The Governor continues to indicate without equivocation that Rivers State is totally a Christian State. Like the Governor says, he has no apologies about it. He has completely dedicated Rivers State to God.
In very practical ways, Governor Wike has continued topromote Christianity. This commitment to God has attracted countless blessings.
To unify the Christian Faith, Governor Wike constructed the Rivers State Ecumenical Centre. At the Government House Port Harcourt, he constructed the Chapel of Everlasting Grace. He has reached out to different churches and also promotes evangelism by ensuring that Churches have access to crusade venues.
ª%New Mandate (2019-2023)
It is said that the reward for hard work is more work. Governor Wike has performed exceptionally well in the last four years. In appreciation, the good people of Rivers State overwhelmingly re-elected him.
His re-election is the most outstanding and historic under the present dispensation. The people staked their lives and insisted that their votes must count.
Governor Wike (PDP) polled 886, 264 votes to defeat Engr.BiokpomaboAwara (AAC) who scored 173,859 votes. The margin of victory was 712,405 votes. Rivers people spoke with a loud voice. They declared theirpreference for Governor Wike and his outstanding leadership.
Therefore, 2019 to 2023 shall witness another round of quality projects and programmes aimed at consolidating on the gains of Governor Wike’s first term.

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Governor Wike And The Audacity Of Accountability

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On Monday, July 12, 2021, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Govenor of Rivers State, did what most leaders, especially those elected to superintend the affairs of their people at various levels of governance, are often too scared to embrace.
This is either as a result of under perfomance or the glaring inability to impact positively on their people and area of administration.
Governor Wike boldly mounted the podium at the Obi Wali International Conference Centre, Port Harcourt and with unshakable confidence, cerebral oratory and fearless advocacy, laced with admirable aplomb, exhibited the audacity of accountability, when he presented his scorecard.
He gave an account of his stewardship, in a progress report covering the six years since he assumed office as the  Governor of Rivers State on May 29, 2015.
Of course, many Rivers people will recall that the presentation of the performance scorecard had already been programmed as the culmination event of listed activities marking the second year anniversary of the second tenure in office of the Governor.
Yet, incredibly, every item listed on the activity chart, from flag-offs to inaugurations and a few other extras, had been accomplished with timely precision, performed by a distinguished cast of national and indigenous statesmen from across the geopolitical zones in the coutry and garnished with the flamboyant pomp and cultural pageantry, reminiscent of the proud, colourful, quintessential Rivers traditions.
It is indeed amazing that long after many states have forgotten how their own second year anniversaries celebration  transpired, Governor Nyesom Wike was still flagging off and commissioning projects across the length and breadth of Rivers State, two months after. 
As a matter of fact, precisely six weeks ago, the activities for the celebration of the second anniversary of the second term in office were kick-started, with the flagging-off and commissioning of new and completed projects and for 40 days, Governor Wike, his cabinet and his array of distinguished special guests, traversed the length and breadth of the State to either commission or flag-off various development projects cutting across different socio-economic sectors.
The global Community and the entire nation saw the phenomenal harvest of projects, including roads, bridges, education, healthcare, housing, social welfare, sports and rural development across Rivers State, as the sounds and sights of the happy and grateful beneficiary institutions, communities and people, were beamed on live telecasts.
The very fact that he delivered on every single item listed on the programme of activities, which had been drawn up several weeks before the second anniversary, was not only remarkable for the audacity and confidence of his visionary leadership, but indeed an excellent reflection and astute exhibition of what governance accountability to the people is all about.
By way of summary, Governor  Wike’s account of six years of focused, determined, strategic, courageous leadership and unprecedented transformational development across the 23 Local Government Areas of the State, covered the breathtaking infrastructural revolution, golden era in health care delivery, educational advancement programmes, practical efforts in agricultural development,  pragmatic rural transformation initiatives and the economic stimulus engagements.
Other areas included, strategic housing development, robust and necessary equipment, in hard and soft logistics, as well as humanitarian support to security agencies, smooth and uninterrupted administration of justice, expanded frontiers in sports development, appropriate social welfare provisions, unparalleled recognition for culture/tourism and of course the entrenchment of a peaceful, rancour free, political atmosphere, which all featured prominently, even against the backdrop of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Wike highlighted the fact that since 2015, his administration has delivered over a thousand kilometres of Trunk-A roads; embarked on construction of phase one of the trans-Kalabari road, simultaneous construction of ten arterial flyovers, with three already commissioned and connected the ancient coastal community of Opobo to the rest of the State and the country by a tarred road.
He further said that his administration has also transformed not less than 18 major single lane roads to dual carriage ways with street lights, pedestrian walkways and covered drains and while noting that the dualization of Ahoada–Omoku, and Egbema Omoku roads is also underway.
He affirmed that his government has reclaimed vast swathes of sand-filled land for some of the coastal communities, including Abalama, Bakana, and Kula to advance their development and also started the sand filling of 55 and 42 hectares of reclaimed land for Abonnema/Obonoma and Okrika communities respectively.
In the education sector, Governor Wike said his administration has provided over 1200 classrooms and nearly 14,000 desks to over 200 primary and junior secondary schools, all in addition to the reconstruction, furnishing and equipping of several secondary schools, including some renowned and famous ones too, with modern classrooms, laboratories, libraries, sports facilities, staff quarters and paved interconnecting road networks.
“As a result of the concrete and targeted interventions, the education system is becoming more and more effective and qualitative in the State with enrolment and transition rates of over 98 per cent, while over 80 per cent have consistently recorded 5 credits and above pass rates, including Mathematics and English in WASCE since 2015,” he said.
In the health sector, Governor Wike said his government has commissioned the 132-bed Mother and Child specialist hospital, established the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, rebuilt and upgraded the Government House Specialist Clinic, renovated existing primary health centres and general hospitals, and built some new primary healthcare centres  for under-served communities.
All these and indeed many more, were succinctly and brilliantly packaged and presented in the compendium of 536 pages, which captures the fundamental achievements of the Governor in the last six years.
Central and integral to the amazing infrastructural transformation taking place all over Rivers State, is the international construction giant, Julius Berger, which has brought its globally renowned expertise, complemented by some critically recognized indigenous construction firms, in a formidable partnership with the  government, to deliver quality, enduring legacy projects that will and have met all International standards.
Indeed no leader or administration could be more committed and insistent on embracing and ensuring that the courage and audacity to entrench and ensure accountability, are upheld in delivering good and responsible governance to the people.
Of course, the six years account of stewardship presentation would not have been complete, if Governor Wike had ignored his nationally acclaimed civic role and responsibility, as a Governor and concerned Nigerian, who loves our country so much and wants our democracy to survive, to once again voice his fears and concerns of many voiceless Nigerians.
He drew attention to the state of the nation, especially the deteriorating economy, the worsening insecurity, the lack of purposeful national leadership and the strangulating hardship being faced by ordinary citizens, as a direct result of the visible failure and mismanagement of our democracy and diversity by the APC-led Federal Government.
One of his and what eventually became a national concern was the nomination of Ms. Lauretta Onochie as an INEC Commissioner and gladly, the matter has been appropriately handled by the Senate to the relief of Nigerians, which it appears had listened and acted on this timely advise by Governor Wike: “Where Mr. President lacks the courage to so do, then, the National Assembly, which has a responsibility to defend our democracy must endeavour to wake up on the right side of history by rejecting her nomination.”
The other matter which engaged Governor Wike’s attention is the proposed amendments to the Electoral Act, which is now before the National Assembly and while commending the House of Representatives for affirming and reassuring Nigerians on its positive provisions in the proposed bill on electronic voting and simultaneous transmission of unit results by electronic means, he offered the following advise: 
“Everyone who means well for our democracy believes electronic voting and simultaneous transmission of results has the potential to prevent the large-scale rigging of election that has become regular in our electoral system. President Buhari readily attributes his victory in both the 2015 and 2019 polls to the introduction of the novel card reader device by President Goodluck Jonathan’s Administration; yet he has been overly reluctant on the need to midwife the birth of a new, transparent, efficient and trustworthy electoral system for the country.
“Let me therefore warn that we do not need a soothsayer to tell us that to allow the old ways of doing things and much vilified status quo to continue to prevail in our electoral system as recommended by the Senate’s version of the bill would be a complete disservice to the nation and a recipe for disaster for our country.
“Again, I hope Mr. President still cares about his legacy and would therefore prevail on the APC-controlled National Assembly to give the nation an Electoral Act with positive provisions on electronic voting and simultaneous transmission of results from the unit level to prevent rigging and guarantee trust, credibility and confidence in our elections.”
On the now uncontrollable state of insecurity and insurgency across the country, Governor Wike advised thus: “The heightened degree of insecurity across the country and the obvious inability of the Federal Government to tackle this menace continues to be very troubling. Nigerians are in desperate need of relief from the daily incidents of kidnapping and mindless killings across the country by insurgents, herdsmen, bandits and militia groups.
“The APC-led federal Government must step up and be alive to its constitutional responsibility to protect lives and property in all parts of the country or admit its lack of capacity and resign before the country collapses like a pack of badly managed cards on its hands. Enough of the excuses, ineffective actions and buck-passing”.
It has often been said that accountability is the very hallmark of good governance and excellent leadership and leaders demonstrate accountability by taking responsibility over the success and growth of the people and areas they administer by resolving to own up to commitments and promises that they have made. 
Being an accountable leader is not an easy task but it is essential in order to be a change agent and to deliver real value to your people. Accountability therefore means being answerable to the actions and decisions made by the administrator and possessing both the vision of a leader and the courageous sagacity and  administrative acumen to execute that vision.
The accountable leaders are the ones that can take a challenging vision and make it a possibility, even when it requires asking for help when and where it is necessary. They regularly monitor and review how they are doing and take the time to celebrate wins along the way, despite the bumps that will periodically appear to delay the project. 
In the last six years, Governor Wike has exhibited all the hallmarks of an excellent accountable leader both in projects delivery and governance, with his footprints everywhere across the 23 local government areas of the State, and even beyond and like the Governor himself says: “Take it or leave it, the truth is constant. There is no promise we made or project we set out to achieve that we have not fulfilled or delivered”.
But like all true accountable and transformational leaders, Governor Wike would rather leave the judgement of his performance for the people to make, even as he is convinced like many Rivers people are too, that his administration has lived up to its promises, made the desired difference and brought about the transformational changes that majority of the people had yearned for when they gladly gave their mandate and trust, six years ago. 
Governor Wike captured this conviction aptly in the following declaration and pledge: “The sheer number of audacious projects we have rolled out and executed in the last two years clearly confirms our abiding promise to continue to deliver more development projects for the benefit of our State, our people and the nation until our last day in office.
“I wish to therefore assure you that there will be no let-up in our commitment and determination to deliver more projects to further consolidate the progress we have achieved in the days, weeks and months ahead.”
It is only fitting therefore to reflect on the six years of the administration of Governor Wike in the uplifting words of veteran journalist, International publisher, media mogul and indeed the doyen of post modern Nigerian journalism, Chief Dele Momodu: “Super congratulations to the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, on the extraordinary job he has done in the last six years.
“I was proud to see a Nigerian leader render account of his stewardship two years ahead of the completion of his second tenure… May the good Lord complete the massive Projects he has assigned himself in the coming months. Amen”.
Nsirim is the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Rivers State.

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Wike’s Enduring Legacy Berths At Opobo

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After 150 years of its existence, the ancient kingdom of Opobo, an island in Rivers State, can now be accessed comfortably by road, following the inauguration of Opobo axis of the Unity Road by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.
The road was commissioned on Saturday, July 3, 2021 by a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees and former Minister, Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri.
Waziri observed how excited the people are to have a road of such high quality to drive on and hailed Governor Wike for bringing humanity to governance.
The 11.15 kilometres long and 7.3m wide road, with five bridges along the Opobo axis of the super highway, has a minimum fill height of two meters, with a maximum height of 8 meters at some points.
It was built through swamps, mangroves and some of the most difficult terrains for road construction and has a 1.5m wide shoulder on either side. It also has 18 culverts and 5 bridges with a shoulder of 1.5 metres on either side.
The road, which is an ambitious project initiated by fomer Governor, Dr. Peter Odili has connected the Island of Opobo to the rest of the state .
With the commissioning of this axis of the Unity Road, an important campaign promise which Governor Wike made to the people of Opobo has been fulfilled.
It is also important to note that with this official commissioning, the great land of the legendary King Jaja, will now become a post modern, coastal tourist attraction with viable economic opportunities open to the global Community.
The avalanche of encomiums which have poured in from Opobo indigenes, Rivers residents and indeed many of those who either watched the live pictures from the commissioning or saw the still photographs of the glistening stretch of endless shiny nylon tar all the way into the heartland of Opobo kingdom, speaks volumes.
The amazing import and impact, both historical and existential, which this completed legacy road project represents for all and sundry is better imagined than described.
Governor Wike, prior to the inauguration of the Opobo/Nkoro axis of the Unity road, had often teased, in campaign language mode, that the people of Opobo town had never driven home with their vehicles for the past 150 years, until his intervention to complete the road for them.
Typically, the confused and attention seeking opposition had swallowed the well laid bait set by Governor Wike and filled volumes of Newspaper pages and the entire social media space, with their desperate campaign to locate themselves in the glory circle.
They attempted to woefully undermine the unparalleled accomplishment of the Rivers Governor in delivering the road and then dubiously misled the public with contrived contributions of the immediate past administration to the actualization of the project.
Of course, His Majesty, the Amanyanabo of Opobo, King Dandeson Douglas Jaka, Jeki V, a King who exudes imperial majesty and regal wisdom, understood Governor Wike perfectly and it will now be written and etched forever in the annals of Opobo folklore, that it was during his reign that his people actually drove home comfortably for the first time on this super highway.
The Amanyanabo who is also Chairman, Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, captured the historical dimensions of this legacy project, when he declared that his people will remain eternally grateful to Governor Wike for the courage, compassion and visionary acumen he has brought to leadership.
He also appealed to the Governor to initiate another land reclamation project in Opobo, to provide more land for the increasing population of her indigenes.
Governor Wike, while addressing the ecstatic crowd at Opobo, declared that the completion of the road and its inauguration is a dream come true not only for the people of the area, but especially for his administration, adding that he feels happy to have fulfilled his 2014 campaign promise to the people of Opobo.
To appropriately accord honour to whom it is due and equally address all the unnecessary and self-seeking innuendos flying around, now that the project has finally been completed, Governor Wike expressed appreciation to the administration of Dr. Peter Odili for conceiving the Unity Road project.
Governor Wike equally stressed that without the foresight of Dr. Odili, it would have been difficult for his administration to complete the Opobo axis of the Unity Road.
To further add a well deserved icing on the Opobo cake, Governor Wike directed his Special Adviser on Special Projects, in prompt response to the appeal of the King, to liaise with the Amanyanabo and leaders of Opobo on where they desire a new land to be sand-filled and reclaimed for them.
Governor Wike also urged the Surveyor General of the State to commence the process of land mapping and survey of the already sand-filled land in the area to enable Opobo indigenes to begin allocation of spaces among themselves.
It has often been said that one of the defining attributes of good leadership is the visionary discernment to provide what the people need more in their peculiar environments, rather than cosmetic, white elephant projects.
Governor Wike has exhibited an uncanny and astute visionary leadership by boldly delivering enduring projects where they will have meaningful impact instead of inaugurating projects just for cheap publicity.
The Urban Renewal Programme in the capital city, including the flyovers, the internal roads construction with drainages and streetlights, amongst others, have gradually returned the capital city to its garden city status.
It is this same astute leadership that has led to the highly acclaimed construction of some of the life changing projects like the Sakpenwa-Bori-Kono super highway, the first phase of the trans-Kalabari road, the reclamation of land in Abonnema, Obonoma and Okrika as well as the location of three new University campuses across the State.
The Mother and Child Hospital, Dr. Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, the Rivers Cassava Processing Company and Real Madrid Football Academy also stand out for mention.
These indeed are some of the legacy projects of the Governor Wike administration and they will remain indelible and ensure that his name is etched in the sands of time for posterity.
Nsirim is the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Rivers State.

By: Paulinus Nsirim

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Dakuku Peterside: The Tragedy Of A Misguided Intellectual

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Our attention has been drawn to an article titled: “Governor Wike: When facts yield to pernicious propaganda,” written by Dr Dakuku Peterside and published widely both in mainstream and online media platforms.
Ordinarily, we would not have bothered responding to the long winding, virulent and dubiously rambling epistle for the simple reason that Dakuku Peterside’s riposte was a rejoinder to a professionally crafted  features piece painstakingly  written by the highly respected journalist, Chief Dele Momodu, titled: “My Close Encounters with Gov Nyesom Wike.”
Of course, the title of Chief  Momodu’s piece, “My Close Encounters with Gov Nyesom Wike”, speaks loudly for itself, as a narrative predominantly inspired by his personal observations and comprehensive fact-checking tours of Rivers State and several other official and informal meetings with Governor Wike in the line of duty.
Chief  Momodu has quite appropriately replied to Dakuku Peterside’s vitriolic and pugnacious bellyaching, in a succinct, widely publicized and highly recommended must-read 7-point right of response.  
This response has situated his original article in its proper context and in measured tones, exposed the perfidious intellectual treachery, which defines the polemics of our newfangled public intellectuals. 
However, Dr.  Peterside, apparently in an effort to justify his recently arrogated, self styled title as: “a policy and leadership expert”, obviously assumed against the backdrop of some recent poorly written, ordinary and simplistic essays, lacking the intellectual rigours and analytics of an “expert”, attempted to stand truth on its head, with an overdose of misleading passages, which sadly reflected the unfortunate tragedy of his present predicament and dilemma, as a misguided intellectual.
Our response has thus become quite necessary therefore in view of the risk that, as Dr. Peterside rightly observed, the danger of allowing misinformation or blatant falsehood to stand and flourish, is the irreparable harm it does to society, as such misinformation leads to the arrest of social development and alters the popular aspiration of the people.
For example, an excerpt from his tedious rejoinder, which succinctly captures this dislocated intellectual locus, reads thus: “No amount of propaganda, not even leveraging on the reputation of Bob Dee, can garnish a bad case… it is only fair that as a significant stakeholder in the development and politics of Rivers State, I am joining the patriotic endeavours of well-meaning Rivers State people to put the record straight. In doing so, I concede that in our highly politicized environment, falsehood ignored later starts looking like the truth, and with time facts become debatable. This, unfortunately, is not time for politics.”
Against the backdrop of the above therefore, it becomes imperative to properly locate Dakuku Peterside within the ambit of his present hibernation and the torpor that ultimately invokes misguided hubris on his suffocating inertia.
Unceremoniosly relieved from his recent unimpressive misadventure with NIMASA; a job for which he had little knowledge and zilch experience, but was appointed as compensation for his failed Governorship bid, Dakuku has been compelled to recline quite disconsolately to his recognized day job of Wike-bashing.
Charged with reluctant gusto and this time masquerading with the ambivalence of an omnibus self imposed title as “leadership and policy expert”, ostensibly crafted after several pedestrian appearances as a ‘Speaker’ at some makeshift conclaves during his short- lived stint at NIMASA, Dakuku’s  pathetic appendage of the Amaechi Administration and pitiful lackey of the Transportation Minister, has once again been exhumed.
We do not wish to further glorify his attention seeking, garullous verbiage, especially now that we are also aware of the devious and frenetic jostling for appointment into the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) substantive Board. 
Suffice it to say that just as Chief  Momodu has aptly observed in his response, Dakuku goofed in almost every paragraph of his bitter, acrimonious and conserted effort to undermine the amazing, determined and unstoppable zeal and dynamism with which Governor Wike is delivering legacy projects across the State.
It is indeed a shame that a ‘significant stakeholder’ and a ‘leadership and policy expert’ as Dakuku addresses himself in his verbose essay, is still appropriating projects meant for the welfare and wellbeing of Rivers people, to specific administrations, as though they were personal property. 
Perhaps, he needs to be reminded that the railways which his mentor is gloatingly delivering were conceptualized and commenced with considerable work done on most of them by the previous Federal Administration.
The same goes for the second Niger Bridge, the rehabilitation of Airports and some of the far reaching reforms in the maritime sector. We are even embarrassed that Dakuku Peterside, who could not attract a single project or influence any meaningful value adding initiatives to the lives of his people in his many years as NIMASA Boss,  can shamelessly reference the Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road.
To even make such a pedestrian point that the Wike administration cannot complete the remaining 20 percent of the road in six years is laughable. After 150 years of existence as a Kingdom, his hometown, Opobo has been linked by road by Governor Wike.
It is even more surprising that despite the avalanche of information and authoritative clarifications in the public space about the refunds from the Federal Government, Dakuku Peterside, like a drunken analyst who has only just woken up from a delayed stupor, is only now adding his own misleading misinformation to the discussion, when the train had long left the station. 
This is utterly ridiculous coming from a supposed scholar and so called ‘significant stakeholder’.
Like Chief Momodu rightly pointed out, Dakuku’s jaundiced perception of events in Rivers State, attests to the sad fact that he is no longer familiar or conversant with the reality on ground, which even distinguished members of his own party, APC have participated vigorously in, establishing the  credibility of the amazing work Governor Wike is doing across Rivers State.
 One needs not remind Dakuku Peterside that political psychophancy can oftentimes transform into reputational absurdity.
Indeed, Dakuku Peterside’s tirade resonates loudly in his warped translation that the curfews in Rivers State, most of which have also been necessitated by the horrendous failure of the Federal Government to stem the rife spillover insurgency and wide spread attacks by unknown forces in the land, as well as the Covid-19 lockdowns to enforce mandated protocols, aimed at curtailing community spread of the global pandemic in Rivers State, are examples of insecurity in the land.
One would not have been surprised if this was some beer parlour analysis by an inebriated critic but the fact that it is coming from a man of Dakuku’s so called scholarly disposition beggars belief. It would be a waste of time therefore to inform him that the spate of insecurity in states surrouding Rivers State has made it imperative and inevitable for Governor Wike to show bold, determined, focused and decisive leadership in order to protect and secure the lives and properties of Rivers indigenes and residents.
But perhaps, the most malevolent manifestation of jealousy and malicious angst echoes loudly and ruefully in the petty bitterness inherent in Dakuku Peterside’s conclusion, when he says: “I am aware that Governor Wike’s main signature project is the replica of the Government House that he has built for himself in his village…”. What else could be more churlish and infantile than this kind of dangerous covetousness which speaks ill of the good fortunes of one’s neighbor.
Ironically, while Dakuku Peterside is still wrapped up in the hypnosis of a past, riven with monumental failures, which he and his atrophied co-travellers have continuously attempted to repackage with half-truths, cover-ups, outright lies and distorted facts, Rivers people whose lives and communities Governor Wike had impacted and is impacting positively, have continued to shower uncensored enthusiastic and sincere encomiums on him, from Etche to Saakpenwa, Bori, Ikwerre, Kalabari and even from Dakuku’s own backyard in Opobo, when they celebrated the 150 years anniversary of Opobo kingdom.
We are however gratified in the knowledge that Governor Wike does not even have to engage in what Dakuku Peterside has so petulantly refered to as ‘pernicious propaganda’. His works in road infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture, human capital development and sports, speak for themselves in the 23 Local Government Areas.
Let us also notify  Dakuku Peterside, that Governor Wike still has nearly two more years of his administration left and with the promise that he will impact every Local Government with legacy projects and will complete all projects he has embarked on, he has already written his name in gold in the annals of time. There is no amount of bellyaching or convoluted analysis that can alter that. 
As a second term Governor, Wike is working as if it is his first tenure and Rivers people and the entire world are seeing and applauding him everyday.
Nsirim is the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Rivers State.

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