Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku has declared that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike deserves the Sun Governor of the Year 2016 award because of his outstanding performance.
Presenting the Sun Governor of the Year 2016 award to Governor Wike in Lagos on Saturday night, the international diplomat applauded Governor Wike for placing development projects on the priority list of his government.
He said: “This is clearly a most deserving award. Governor Wike has been in the news for good reasons. We know Governor Wike is working. I learnt that his nickname is Mr Projects.
“I have been asking questions and I was told the number of projects that he has executed in Rivers State. And I did ask him while we sat together , how he was able to raise funds for all these projects
“He told me that he manages to do all these projects through prudent management. Today, it gives me great pleasure to hand over this award to a most deserving awardee.”
Speaking on the award to Governor Wike, Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio expressed happiness that Governor Wike is getting global acclaim for his outstanding delivery of projects.
Akpabio said: “My advise to Governor Wike is that he should continue with his good works. He should keep the pace. Today, Governor Wike is identified with progress. He is committed to delivering projects to the good people of Rivers State and he has remained focused despite the distractions.
“Your Excellency, the world is praying for you, Nigerians are praying for you. Despite the distractions, despite the negative propaganda, you have remained focused. I urge the good people of Rivers State to continue to support you.”
Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Currency, Mr Jones Onyereri said that Governor Wike has set the right example for other governors to follow.
He noted that such high level performance will attract more members to the party.
Responding during a reception held in his honour in Lagos, Governor Wike assured the people of the state that the tempo of projects delivery will be stepped up.
He said that he will continue to count on the support of the people , pointing out that he will never disappoint them.
The governor said: “Without the support of the people, I wouldn’t have been governor. Based on projects, we will continue to win this award because we have increased the tempo of projects execution.
“I am always thinking of projects. When I talk with my wife, I talk projects. When she cooks for me, she cooks projects. My wife has made today possible be giving me the desired peace at home, so I can concentrate on building a New Rivers State.
“When you have the entire political class in your state supporting you, you have no excuse than to perform. This award is a challenge to us to continue to perform.”
The reception held in honour of Governor Wike after his enthronement as Sun Governor of the Year 2016 was attended by members of the National Assembly, Former Governors,