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Rivers is Nigeria’s development index, says commissioner

By Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt
27 October 2021   |   4:00 am
Governor Nyesom Wike has made Rivers State a development index for Nigeria, according to the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim.

[FILES] Nyesom Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike has made Rivers State a development index for Nigeria, according to the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim. 

He made the assertion when overall winner of the essay competition organised by the ministry as part of the second phase of its #OurStateOurResponsibility advocacy campaign, Miss Sophia Awajibenem Oyibo, paid him a courtesy visit yesterday in Port Harcourt.

“The developmental strides of Governor Nyesom Wike in all sectors of the state’s economy are so glaring that nobody can deny the fact that Rivers State, today, is the development index for Nigeria,” the commissioner said.

Nsirim applauded Oyibo’s performance as face of the ministry and ambassador to the #OurStateOurResponsibility advocacy campaign. 

He said: “Your eloquence and articulation during your recent media appearances confirm that your victory in the competition is an attestation that the vision of  #OurStateOurResponsibility actually came from God.

“What we have seen goes to confirm that indeed Rivers State is blessed with abundant human and natural resources for any form of investment to thrive. We all must join hands to sell our state to the outside world and not to pull it down.”

The commissioner reiterated that the aim of the second phase of the campaign was to re-engineer the desires of the younger generation to pay premium to the core values of society such as hardwork, honesty and integrity as hallmark for greatness.  

He congratulated Oyibo and pledged the ministry’s support to all the programmes she would initiate in tandem with the #OurStateOurResponsibility advocacy campaign.

Earlier, the visitor thanked the ministry for the platform created for the young ones to redirect their energies towards pursuing good societal values. 

She hinted of plans to introduce programmes that would enlist young ones in the campaign to showcase the great opportunities provided by the developmental strides of the Wike administration.