Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has declared that his principal interest is to create a peaceful environment for the development of the state, despite all the plots to distract his administration.
Governor Wike also declared that his administration is premised on truthful relationship with the Rivers people as he would fulfill all his campaign promises.
He spoke yesterday on Channels Television ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme televised from Government House, Port Harcourt, explaining that his administration had taken concrete measures to improve the security of the state, through funding of security interventions, and provision of necessary logistics for all security agencies.
The governor noted that security of the state had been impacted negatively by the frequent unnecessary transfer of security chiefs, masterminded by the former governor, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi.
“I won’t make a promise that I will not fulfill. The problem most politicians have is the bid to satisfy everyone, every time. I don’t politicise development. My interest is to deliver the best for Rivers people.
“In spite of distractions, we have succeeded in completing many abandoned projects left by the previous government. We have cleared backlog of unpaid salaries and pensions left by the previous government. We have succeeded in restoring the judiciary and reopening courts shutdown by the previous government.
“The Federal Government needs to allow security chiefs remain in Rivers State, to do their jobs and douse the tensions. I have had over three Commissioners of Police removed since I became governor,” he said.
On the death of the youth corps member during the rerun elections, Governor Wike said, it was unfortunate and painful, assuring that an independent investigation and post mortem on the corpse of the corps member must be carried out, to ascertain the type of gun and bullet that killed him, and those who carry such weapons.
He explained that he had to increase the allowances of youth corps members serving in the state in line with the present economic reality, and further disclosed that funds for the increment had already been approved.
“Corps members serving in Port Harcourt will receive N10,000 instead of the N5,000 they were getting while those outside the state capital will be paid N15,000 instead of N10,000.
“I have told the NYSC (that) we must know the kind of bullet that killed the corps member. We want to know those who killed him. The death of the corps member during the rerun is painful. Investigation of his death has been ordered.”
The governor noted that, majority of the media reports about violence in the state were politically motivated and negatively influenced to cast the state in bad light.

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