Wike promises to embark on extensive empowerment, project execution
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has assured that he would combine aggressive projects execution with empowerment scheme this year.
He said the state’s share of the Paris and London Club’s deduction refund would be applied to aggressive projects execution in 2017 since it had already settled salaries and pensions.
Wike who stated this at the New Year banquet in Port Harcourt said: “This year will be a year of the empowerment of our people. While we are doing projects, we will be doing stomach infrastructure.
“Our stomach infrastructure this year will go round the people. We will transform the state in all ratifications.
“We will increase the tempo of projects execution in January to the level that our people will be amazed.
“Work starts on January 3, 2017. We will release more funds for the execution of the Ogoni Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road. Sakpenwa-Bori road, Buguma internal roads and several road projects will be executed.
“Between this year and early 2018 we will deliver on all our road projects. Within this period, Rivers State will witness total transformation,’’he assured.
While commending the leaders for their support and loyalty, he assured that his administration would continue to invest in the maintenance of security.
He said he would never support the intimidation of the judiciary under any circumstances, pointing out that if the judiciary fails, democracy will collapse.
The governor reiterated that Rivers people deserve an award from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for standing up in defence of democracy during the rerun legislative elections. He said that the government would stand by the families of those who died while defending the integrity of Rivers State.
Former Transport Minister, Dr. Abiye Sekibo said that Wike’s style of governance must be applauded as it has brought development and stability to the state.
“This government has brought an inclusiveness that has never been seen for a long time in the state. “
Head of Service, Rufus Godwins, said governor Wike revived the state’s economy while the entire country is battling recession.