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.