Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that the state government will diligently implement the New Rivers Vision Development Blueprint to ensure that the people feel the impact of good governance.
Addressing the closing session of the two-day retreat for top government officials at Onne Multi-Purpose Centre, Wike said government functionaries have been equipped with relevant strategies to contribute meaningfully to governance.
He noted that having surmounted the initial challenges posed by the failure of the immediate past administration, his government has started the implementation of projects and programmes aimed at empowering the people.
He said this retreat has been helpful to top government officials. In six months, we shall return to evaluate the progress made as a result of renewed knowledge based on implementation of programmes.
“This administration is centred on the pursuit of the best for the people of Rivers State. All programmes and projects are targeted at improving their living conditions.”
He directed public officials in the state to be transparent in their use of resources as they will be held to accountable at the appropriate time.
Former Head of Service of the Federation, Professor Dapo Afolabi, in his paper entitled: ‘Understanding the Imperatives of Cooperative Relationship in Public Service’ urged public officials to avoid friction in their interaction if they want the state to grow.
He noted that building areas of cooperation between commissioners, permanent secretaries and other political appointees creates room for faster implementation of programmes and policies.
A former Federal Permanent Secretary, Ambassador John Gana, urged public servants to work within the approved code of conduct to ensure productive governance.