Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared that his administration had stabilised the economy of the state through strategic release of funds via payment of salaries and key projects.
Governor Wike explained that he started with the renewal of infrastructure in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas, because both towns support majority of the population of the state.
The governor also assured the people of the state that key projects would be executed in all the 23 local government areas, saying no local government area would be denied the impact of good governance.
The governor spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt during a town hall meeting tagged ‘Accounting for Governor Nyesom Wike’s Administration: One Year After.’
He said: “We have stabilised the economy of Rivers State since we took of the reins of leadership in the state. We achieved the stabilisation of the economy by injecting N151billion as salaries and payment of contractors.
“These funds have helped us to rebuild our economy which was badly damaged by the immediate past administration.”
The governor promised that no project would be abandoned by his administration, as it would only award projects that would be completed within the life-span of his administration.
He said the renewal of Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas had enhanced the economy of the state as more investors were confident to invest in the state.
He noted that 46 roads had been reconstructed under the Operation ‘Zero Potholes,’ 15 roads abandoned by the immediate past administration completed and 27 new one initiated by his administration had been completed and commissioned.
Wike also announced that the state government was building an Information Communication Technology, ICT, compliant security infrastructure to help fight crime and empower the security agencies to be more proactive.
Governor Wike informed that measures had been put in place to tackle cultism across the state.
“When I met with the president, I told him that we will tackle cultism and insecurity in four local government areas. They are Abua/Odual, Ahoada East, Ahoada West and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Areas. “
He warned against the politicisation of crime, blaming a particular political party for claiming suspected cultists who murder others as their members.
He said that the administration had started the phased rehabilitation of schools in three senatorial districts, completed the Faculty of Law, paid for science consumables and restored NECO in the state.
The governor informed that his administration would continue to subsidise education, but added that the people should be prepared to pay maintenance fees to assist the state government run the educational institutions.
The governor also said that the needs assessment of all the general hospitals in the state had been completed, pointing out that phased rehabilitation of the hospitals would commence in earnest.
Furthermore, the governor said that employment opportunities would be created via agriculture and industrialisation, noting that he wouldwork towards creating jobs for educated physically challenged persons.
“Employment generation will be our focus in the next one year. We shall support entrepreneurship to create more jobs for the people.”
In his remarks, chairman of the occasion and former chief judge of the state, Justice Iche Ndu praised the governor for being transparent and accountable to the people.
He described the petition, which was purportedly signed by a former member of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Ikenna Ejezie, as a hoax, saying some people were out to settle personal scores.
The statement, which was signed by his counsel, Mr. Ben Nwosu, read: “Our attention has been drawn to reports in the media regarding a petition by one Barr. Osuagwu Ugochukwu claiming to be representing a non-existent former member of the Enugu State
House of Assembly, given as Ikenna Ejezie, and asking the EFCC to invite and interrogate ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on issues relating to the on-going trial of our client, Chief Olisa Metuh.
“Whereas we note that Barr. Ugochukwu has links with the EFCC and had appeared on behalf of the commission while representing its former chairman, Ibrahim Larmode, at a hearing in the National
Assembly last year, the claim that the petition is on behalf of a former member of Enugu State House of Assembly is false as no such individual ever served in that legislative house.
“However, we have thoroughly studied the petition and for the avoidance of doubt, wish to state the following:
“The petition is not really against ex-President Jonathan, but actually a calculated attempt targeted at swaying public sentiments and the judiciary against our client in this orchestrated and well-funded
media trial. The idea is to sway the minds of the public and the court to get a conviction based more on media trial than the laws of the land.
“It is clear that their assertion is neither based on the statement our client made at the EFCC nor on the evidence placed before the court, which has clearly established our client’s case that the N400 million
approved by the former president was not for personal and private use.
“The fact that this matter is subjudice should have impressed upon the petitioners and their backers that publicising such hoax is actually an affront to the judiciary except it is intended to cow the judiciary.
“We are astonished as to how the petitioners would have referred to our client’s statement as a confession and a criminal statement.”

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