Governor Wike Pledges To Sustain Infrastructural Development In 2017

Governor Wike Pledges To Sustain Infrastructural Development In 2017

Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that the infrastructural development programme of his administration will be sustained in 2017.

The governor said that the 2017 budget of the state will have 75percent of funds allocated for capital projects, while 25 percent of funds will be earmarked for recurrent expenditure. 

The governor spoke on Wednesday when he formally received the nomination letter of the Sun Publishing Ltd, publishers of Sun Newspapers as the “Sun Governor of the Year 2016”.

He said: “We will present our 2017 budget very soon and you will see that 75 percent is dedicated to  capital expenditure with only about 25 percent dedicated to recurrent  expenditure. 

“With whatever time we have, we will  continue to  put in our best. We will not disappoint Sun Newspaper for the choice you have made “.

The governor  explained  that  his administration  had to  focus on infrastructural development  because  it inherited  a completely  dilapidated  infrastructural  base.

He said: “This award  is not for me, it is for the entire state. If the State did not give me the opportunity and mandate, it would have  been difficult for me to be given the ‘Sun Governor of the Year 2016.’

“So I dedicate the award to the Almighty  God and the  people of the state. I assure you that for us, it is our duty  to  make a difference”.

Earlier, the Managing Director  and Editor-in-Chief of Sun Publishing Ltd, Mr Eric Osagie said the Sun Board of Editors voted for  Governor Wike to emerge the 2016 Governor of the Year because of his outstanding achievements  in infrastructure, education, health, agriculture, rural development and security.

He said that the award would be  formally  conferred on the governor on February 18 , 2016.