New Rivers at One: We have Established The State Economy Says Wike

New Rivers at One: We have Established The State Economy Says Wike

…explains why  he started with the  renewal of Port Harcourt,Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas

From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  has  declared  that  his administration  has stabilised the economy  of  state through  the  strategic release  of  funds via payment  of  salaries  and payment  for  key projects.

Governor  Wike  explained  that  he started with the renewal of infrastructure  in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas  because both towns support majority  of  the  population  of  the state. 

The governor also assured the people of the state that every  local  government  area  of  the state will execute key projects in all the 23 Local Government Areas, saying  no local government  area 1 will be  denied the impact of good governance.

The governor  spoke on Monday  in Port Harcourt  during  a town hall  meeting  tagged : “Accounting for Governor Nyesom Wike’s Administration: One Year After”.

He said: “We have stabilised the economy  of Rivers  State  since we took of the reins of leadership  in the state.  We achieved  the stabilisation  of the economy  by injecting N151b as salaries  and payment of contractors.

“These funds have helped us to rebuild  our economy  which was badly damaged  by  the  immediate  past administration “.

The  governor  said  that  no project  will be abandoned  by his administration.  According  to him,  his administration  will  only award projects that will be completed  within  the  life-span  of his administration.

He said the renewal of  Port Harcourt  and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas  have enhanced  the economy  of  the  state as more investors  are confident  to invest  in  the  state.

He noted that 46 roads have been  reconstructed  under the Operation Zero Potholes, 15 roads abandoned by the  immediate past administration completed and 27 new roads initiated by  his administration have been  completed and commissioned.

He announced  that  the State Government is building  an ICT compliant  security  infrastructure to help fight crime and empower the security  agencies  to  be more proactive.

Governor  Wike  informed that measures have been  put in  place to tackle cultism across the  state.

He said: “When I met with the President, I told him that we will tackle cultism  and insecurity  in four local  government areas.  They are Abua/Odual, Ahoada East, Ahoada West and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Areas. “

He warned against  the  politicisation  of crime, blaming a particular  political  party for claiming  suspected  cultists  who murder others as their members.

He said  that  the  administration  has started the phased rehabilitation  of  schools  in three senatorial  districts, completed the Faculty of  Law, paid for science consumables  and restored NECO  in the  state.

He said  his administration  will continue  to  subsidise education,  but added that the people should be prepared to pay maintenance  fees to assist  the state government  run the educational institutions.

He said: “I did not promise free education,  because  I  know that it does not work.  I only assured that we will provide  quality  education  for the people.  There is no free education  anywhere  in  the country.  All those claiming  free education  are playing  politics”.

The governor  said  that the needs assessment  of  all the General Hospitals  in  the  state  have been completed,  pointing  out  that  phased rehabilitation  of  the  hospitals in earnest. 

Going  forward,  the governor  said  that  employment  opportunities  will be created via agriculture  and  industrialization.  He also said  he will work towards creating jobs for physically  challenged persons who are educated.

He said: “Employment  generation  will be our focus in the next one year. We shall support entrepreneurship  to  create more jobs for the people”.

In his remarks,  the Chairman of the occasion, Former Chief Judge of Rivers State,  Justice Iche Ndu praised  the  governor  for being  transparent  and  accountable to the people.  He said Governor Wike has  has performed  creditably  in transforming  the state.

Highpoint  of the town hall meeting  was the immediate  employment  offered to three physically  challenged persons.

The governor  fielded questions from the people  of  the  state  from different organisations and stakeholders.