Wike: How Govt, people partnership boosted growth

Wike: How Govt, people partnership boosted growth

By PHC Telegraph

Governor Nyesom Wike accompanied by Governor-elect. Siminalayi Fubara listen to comments from King Ateke Tom

Governor Nyesom Wike says the partnership struck between his administration and the people has been responsible for the swift developmental transformation witnessed in the State.

The Governor who spoke in Okochiri on Friday said that contractors could have been forced to abandon projects if people in the communities have shown hostile tendencies.

Obviously lauding the people Wike said, “Here, you’ll see a lot of commercial activities springing up because of good road network.

“If you have not supported the contractors, probably they would have used that as excuse, saying that the community is collecting so much money from them, therefore they cannot continue.

He explained that the people’s ownership of the projects in their localities was responsible for the seamless completion of projects across the State.

Such partnership, he observed, made it clearly impossible for the disruption of work on site by the rural people and facilitated the assignment of government contractors who drove the process.

” I have always spoken about partnership between government and the people”, Wike stressed, “and we are happy that we are getting that support from your (Okochiri) kingdom.”

Governor who will be handing over on May 29 was in Okochiri for the inauguration of the second<span;> phase of internal roads built by his administration at Okochiri in the Okrika Local Government Area.

A masquerade entertains guest who gathered for the commissioning ceremony.

He recalled how he started and completed the first phase of internal roads in Okochiri during his first tenure.

Wike acknowledged that he had promised then that the second phase will be started and completed in his second tenure.

“To the glory of God, we are here today, promise made, promise fulfilled. I’m sure, Amanyanabo, (of Okochiri) you’ll now know, we are not those politicians that will make promise without fulfilling the promise.

“I’m sure, it has made your kingdom to be one of the areas that benefited from good road network.

Governor Wike revealed that  Rivers people are eventually gaining from the benefit of the completed projects.

“Coming here (Okochiri), you won’t know that here is not part of the city. But with the internal roads now, you can say for sure, you are trying to compete with those of us who are from the city.”

The putgoing Governor who noted that he is a man of conscience said he has kept his words and fulfilled his promises.

Analysts observe that such an attribute has seperated him from other  politicians who care very little about the import of political promises that they make to the people.

Earlier, at the inauguration of the internal roads in Elekahia community in Port Harcourt Local Government Area, Governor Wike mocked those who in December 2022 had mobilised Elekahia people against the government because they doubted that the roads will be reconstructed.

Governor Wike insisted that the roads, now completed, bears evidence to the fact that he will never fail on his promise to his people.

“I laughed at them and of course, you know the leader of those miscreants. You know him by his name. Shame on him. I hope he will not use those roads. I know one of the roads is leading to his hotel.

“You know, people who are not trust worthy, think that others are not also trust worthy.”

Governor Wike, who said he has fulfilled every promise made to the people, assured that even if it were on his last day in office, he will flag off the construction of the palace of Eze Apara Rebisi.

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