Highpoint of the visit was the dedication prayer for Governor Wike and his deputy, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo by the Bishops of the Anglican Church Province of Niger Delta.
Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has announced that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo will visit the state on Thursday, July 27, 2017 to commission key projects executed by his administration.
The governor also announced that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onoghen will on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 lay the foundation stone for the construction of a Judges Quarters in the state.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by Anglican Bishops of the Province of the Niger Delta on Monday, Governor Wike said Acting President Yemi Osinbajo will commission the following projects:
Chokocho-Umuechem-Ozuzu Road in Etche LGA, IgboEtche-Chokocho-Rumuokwurusi Interchange Road, Rukpokwu Market Junction to Aluu Road in Obio/Akpor LGA, Rumuokoro Market and Park in Obio/Akpor LGA and Ogbunabali Internal Roads in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area.
Governor Wike explained that the Judges Quarters is necessary as the State is working towards ensuring that the Judiciary is positioned to resist the temptation to be corrupt.
“When judges retire, they will go with the houses. The State Government is building these houses to ensure that they are comfortable to carry out their constitutional roles”, he said.
He thanked the Bishops of the Anglican Church Province of the Niger Delta for their support. He expressed happiness that he is meeting the Bishops and their spouses collectively for the first time.
He said: “As far as God has given us the opportunity to serve the state, we must continue to partner with the Church. It is by God’s grace that we are here. We will do everything to support the Church”.
Archbishop of Anglican Niger Delta Province, Most Rev Ignatius Kattey said Governor Wike has laid the foundation for the continuous development of Rivers State.
He urged other Nigerian leaders to come to Rivers State to witness the rapid development taking place under the leadership of Governor Wike.
He said that the fight against corruption can only be effective when it begins with those at its vanguard. The Archbishop regretted that Christians are always at the receiving end of religious conflicts in parts of the country.