RIVERS-Acting Vice President ,Prof. Yemi Osibanjo commended Gov. Nyesom Wike’s commitment to the sustainable development of Rivers State, with the successes recorded in achieving his administration’s point agenda in the state.“He truly commended Gov. Wike as a true African leader and performer. His achievements cut across road infrastructure, security, and most profoundly, the economy. He has placed his state as a destination for investors to thrive, which has resulted to job creation, support for entrepreneurship and enterprise development.He made this statement while commissioning the largest fertiliser plant in Africa. According to him, today in Rivers State, there are strategic investments that are playing leading roles in the economy of Nigeria. These investments despite the prevailing economic challenges, are waxing strong.
Indorama Fertiliser Plant is one investment that has been nurtured under the friendly business climate created by Governor Wike.This plant is one of the largest in this part of the world; playing critical roles in the revival of the nation’s agricultural sector, which is the highest employer of labour in the country.
Indorama is growing because of the favourable investment climate provided by the Wike administration. The governor has personally interfaced with the management of the company strengthening areas of partnerships and building their operational security through enhanced community relations and participation.
The governor’s regular personal interventions have ensured that all high profile business concerns in the state are shielded from host community conflicts that disrupt production. Whenever a situation arises, he steps in personally to resolve the areas of friction so that economic activities will continue to flourish. That is the selling point of Rivers State under Governor Wike, which makes it easy for investors to commit their resources in the state.
Indorama Petrochemicals has directly benefited from the governor’s social engineering skills to resolve conflicts between host communities and the company.When a crisis threatened to disrupt the operation of Indorama early July, Governor Wike held a meeting with the host communities, Elelenwo -Akpajo-Aleto-Njuru-Okerewa (ELANO) and Indorama Petrochemicals to resolve the conflict.
The commissioning of Indorama Petrochemicals was possible because Governor Wike calmed frayed nerves amongst the host communities.Speaking at the commissioning of the plant, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike explained that his driving force for improving the business climate in Rivers State is the need to create employment opportunities and construction of link roads Chokocho-Umuechem-Ozuzu Road AND Chokocho-Igbo-Etche-Rumuokurushi Inter-Change in Rivers.
These two roads span thirty kilometres. They constitute some of the major interventions of Governor Wike to resolve the deliberate neglect that the Etche Ethnic Nationality suffered under the Amaechi administration for eight years.Little wonder, Amaechi was so afraid to accompany the Acting President to Etche for the commissioning of the two projects. Governor Wike had earlier restored the link between Etche and Port Harcourt when he constructed the Igwuruta-Chokocho road and Ulakwo- II-Afara-Nihi road. He is also reconstructing General Hospitals at Okehi and Omuma Local Government Area.
When Acting President Yemi Osinbajo saw the importance of the road to the people of Etche Ethnic Nationality, he joined them to sing. He shared in their joy. He prayed that such opportunities should be replicated for them. In his happiness, he walked on the two roads, shaking hands with the people.It was a palpable celebration of performance. An endorsement of the judicious use of Rivers resources to improve the living condition of the people. A silent advice to other governors to borrow a leaf from Governor Wike.
Indeed, it was a statement that partisan politics has no place in projects delivery. For Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, a performer deserves encouragement, irrespective of his political affiliation.The words of the Acting President: “Today is a very happy day. And I pray that we always have happy days. I am very happy to be here to witness the commissioning of these roads in this local government.”The Federal Government wants to support every effort that makes the life of people easier and benefits the people. I want to say that this effort is one of those that makes life easier for people, especially the people of Etche.”We must always look for ways that we can advance the interest of this country..
I am very happy to see the sense of unity here in Rivers State. The governor is the one who initiated this project and has done it very well.”Here we have Senator Magnus Abe from another party. I want to say that sense of unity and collaboration is important. “I want to commend Governor Wike for the great work. This is great. I know that there are other great works he is doing. This is wonderful to see. I will look at it myself.I am very happy that the people of Etche are experiencing this great project. Let me enjoy this day with you, God bless you.”
Despite the inability of the Acting President to commission two other projects, the Rukpokwu-Aluu road and the Rumuokoro Market and Park, both in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Governor Wike went ahead to inaugurate the two projects.At the commissioning of the two projects, Governor Wike expressed his commitment to the sustained delivery of pro-people projects, despite the antics of enemies of the state.
Rivers State is marching forward under the direction of Governor Wike ,this is the new era in Rivers State. Even the leaders of the APC have acknowledged this fact. First it was Sokoto State Governor, Aninu Tambuwal, then Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari. The ultimate came from the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, who has endorsed Governor Wike twice.
By: Chief D.O.D Okirika
Publisher: Grassroots Monitor