Rivers State remains safe for business and development says Governor Wike
He spoke at a second term inauguration banquet at the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday. In attendance at the inauguration banquet were prominent Rivers Leaders, Traditional Rulers, National and State Assembly
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the State is
safe for productive economic activities for the empowerment of the
He described as unfortunate failed attempt by the Former Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to de-market the State on NTA Tuesday live, where the Former Rivers State Governor claimed that the Buhari administration could not extend railway to Rivers due to alleged insecurity.
He spoke at a second term inauguration banquet at the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday. In attendance at the inauguration banquet were prominent Rivers Leaders, Traditional Rulers, National and State Assembly Members and Local Government Chairmen.
He said: “Amaechi claimed on NTA Tuesday live that he did not bring the railway to Rivers State because of insecurity, what about Kaduna and Daura with very high level of insecurity, yet they took railway there.“Just this week, the President met with the governors of 19 northern states and they discussed how to stem the tide of insecurity in the region. Yet they were not denied projects.
“For how long will Amaechi continue to de-market Rivers State. Was it
insecurity that made him not to give the President 25percent during the
last elections? You claim Rivers State is insecure, but you came to the
state to hold your birthday. Every Rivers indigene owes it a duty to
protect the state”. He said contrary to the false propaganda about
insecurity, Rivers State has continued to grow her internally generated
Revenue since 2015.
“When I came on board as Governor in 2015, we met an Internally Generated Revenue of N4.5billion. But now, it has grown to N8-9billion . If the state is not safe, our Internally Generated Revenue will not be on the increase.
“Let nobody de-market Rivers State. This ugly politics will not work. We have not benefited anything from the APC Federal Government since 2015. They are refunding money for Federal projects, but they delisted Rivers State. But I will not bow to anyone, I will only continue to respect constituted authority “, he said.
Governor Wike announced that competence and loyalty would drive the setting up of his second term cabinet. He said only persons with 100 percent loyalty will make the list.
The Governor assured that he will pay more attention to the masses through empowerment programmes.
Former Rivers State Governor, Dr Peter Odili said Governor Wike has surpassed all Former Governors in terms of performance in the last four years.
He called on the governor to use his second term to promote the unity of Rivers people for the development of the State.
“Every inch of the journey from now on must be devoted to thanking God ceaselessly for what he did for our State. You have done so much, but there is still work to be done”, he said.