RIVERS State  Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has  stated   that the painful general  hardships  flowing from the country’s  economic crisis affect all Nigerians, hence all hands must be on deck to resolve  the  challenges. Governor Wpke also said that his administration  has already established  a working framework  to shield the people  of  Rivers State  from the negative  effects of the economic downturn. He spoke on Sunday  at the Saint Cyprian Anglican Church, Port Harcourt during the Inter-denominational Church Service to mark Nigeria’s 56th Independence Anniversary. He said: “The hardship  that flows from the economic downturn affects all Nigerians, irrespective  of  the political party they belong to or whether they don’t belong to political  parties. “That is why we must work together to ensure  that  we end the economic recession.  It is in our interest as a nation that we continue  to  build alliances, as this economic  recession  cannot  be resolved through methods that exclude  other stakeholders“. The governor  stressed that Rivers State  will continue  to  be viable with  the  state government executing pro- people projects, whether  or not Nigeria  is in recession. He urged Nigerians  to  celebrate  the  fact that the country is still united despite the different challenges  that it has faced over the years. Governor  Wike  called for more prayers for the country to make sustained progress in the coming years. In his sermon, Bishop of Anglican Niger Diocese, Rt Reverend Raphael Ebirien urged the Federal Government to focus on resolving the current economic recession as Nigerians are suffering. He also called for justice, fair play  and equitable  distribution  of  resources to reduce the level of marginalization  under the present situation in the country. The Inter-denominational Church Service was attended by leading clerics in Rivers State, service Commanders and  officials of the Rivers State Government.

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