" />
Published On: Mon, Apr 23rd, 2018

Gov. Wike: More garlands for Mr. Projects


On Sunday April 15, 2018 at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike was the cynosure of all eyes as he stood firm and composed to the cheering of the audience at the capacity hall to receive the prestigious Zik Prize for good governance.

It was indeed an honour to whom it is due, and the applause from all and sundry in the hall, including his fellow governors: Aminu Masari of Kastina who was also an awardee; Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto; Willie Obiano of Anambra and Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi, whose wives, Eberechukwu Obiano and Hadiza Abubakar respectively also received awards for humanitarian service, was a testament to this fact.

Widely hailed as Mr. Projects, Wike has, since taking over as governor of Rivers on May 29, 2015, proven beyond reasonable doubt that he means business.

With a vision to turn Rivers into “a state that is truly united, secure and prosperous with boundless opportunities for everyone who lives in it to peacefully pursue their goals and realize their full potential in dignity and happiness”

And a mission “to actualise the aspirations of the people of Rivers State for a balanced development and an enhanced quality of life for present and future generations through responsive governance guided by the fear of God,” Wike went to work in the streets of Port Harcourt, Rivers men and women say the state has been on the tangent of progress since he became governor.

“The governor is doing well, we appreciate him,” said Amadi Nyebuchi, a resident of the city. “Rivers workers are being paid regularly, and the governor is embarking on massive capital projects.”

For Onah Jude, another resident, Wike is easily the best governor the state has produced in recent times.

“I have been in this state for a number of years and I can tell you that Wike is about the best governor we have had. He is not called Mr. Projects for nothing.”

The governor obviously had a clear agenda from the onset. On the day of his inauguration on May 29, 2015, he declared:

“Our blueprint is an agenda of hope. We pledge to offer a New Rivers Vision based on new thinking. Our goal is to make Rivers State a land of peace and prosperity with and prosperity with boundless opportunities and possibilities; a place where no one is left behind because of his or her station, and everyone who works hard can achieve his or her life’s dream.”

Within the first three years of his administration, Wike has proven his words to be true. At a time when economic recession dealt a huge blow to most states of the federation, Rivers was like a lake in the desert.

The governor had embarked on massive construction and rehabilitation of roads and hospitals, schools; land reclamation and manpower development across the state.

Some of the projects embarked upon and completed by the governor include the rehabilitation of Ahoada roads, Forces Avenue, Churchill and Creek roads, Evo and Woji roads, Ohiamini road, Tombia Extension, Sokoto road and so on.

The governor had also reconstructed many roads and streets, including Sani Abacha Road, Tourist Beach Road, Rumuola Bridge, Birabi Road, Adaka Boro Street, Elliot Henry Street and sundry others.

To ensure that Rivers children study in peaceful environment, Wike has upgraded several secondary and primary schools in the state to world class standards, while building new ones. Some of this include Nyemoni Grammar School, Abonnema;  Birabi Memorial Grammar School; CPS Queen’s Town, Opobo; St. Michael State School, Buguma and many others. Indeed, the governor had reconstructed a total of 199 classroom blocks thus far.

Ensuring adequate healthcare, the governor had made clear from the beginning, is one of the major focus of his administration. He has not disappointed. The Wike administration has greatly in the improvement of healthcare facilities and services in the state, while also ensuring that healthcare workers are not neglected

To guarantee adequate supply of quality medical staff in the state, the governor set up College of Medical Sciences at the Rivers State University, and equally set up teaching hospitals.

The governor is presently embarking on the renovation of several general hospitals in the state. He is also building massive doctors quarters at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital; has completed Mother and Child Hospital, Port Harcourt; renovated General Hospital, Abua; General Hospital, Bodo; General Hospital, Emohua; General Hospital, Isiokpo; General Hospital, Buguma; General Hospital, Abonnema; Psychiatric Hospital, Rumuigbo; Healthcare Centre, Rumueme; Zonal hospitals in Okehi, Degema and many others.

His efforts have not gone unnoticed. Wike is already a winner of many awards. In 2016, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) honoured him with the Apostle of Peace Award and Daily Independent Newspaper gave him Man of the Year Award.

In 2017, the Global Human Settlements gave him the Outstanding Contribution Award, The Independent Newspaper named him Political Icon of the Year and the Silverbird Group named him the Silverbird Man of the Year.

This year 2018, he has capped it all with the prestigious Zik Prize for Good Governance, awarded to him by the Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre (PPRAC) at an event attended by the creme of the Nigerian political field.

It was a day the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), shook hands of friendship. Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Uche Secondus, flanked by APC chairman, John Oyegun and other stalwarts of both parties, presented the Political Leadership Award to Chief Bisi Akande, first national chairman of the ruling party and former governor of Osun State.

Also on the list of awardees on the night were Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe; Chief Adedeji Adeleke, Chairman of Pacific Holdings; Mr. Ernest Ebi, Director at Fidelity Bank PLC and Alhaji Maikanti Baru, GMD, NNPC.

Other dignitaries present at the event included former President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani; former Commonwealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku; former Ambassador to the US, Prof George Obiozor; General Ike Nwachukwu; Senator Ademola Adeleke; Zinox Computers CEO, Leo Stan Ekeh; Professor Pat Utomi; former Bayelsa governor, Timipre Sylva, Emilia Okonkwo and many others.


Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Most Shared

Recent posts

  • Ikeja Hotels returns to Lagos bourse

    The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has given the management of Ikeja Hotels the approval to resume trading after reviewing the two-year suspension placed on the shares of the company on Nov. 10, 2016. According to a ‘facts behind the restructuring’ document released by Ms Tinuade Awe, NSE Executive Director Regulation, trading would commence on the […]

  • Pharmacist council begins recall of Codeine cough syrup

    The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) says it has started recalling cough syrup containing Codeine from its stakeholders in compliance with Federal Government directive. The Registrar of PCN, Mr Elijah Mohammed, revealed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja. The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, had […]

  • N5bn fraud: Akingbola has case to answer – Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court on Friday ordered, Erastus Akingbola, to return to the Federal High Court, Lagos, to answer his alleged five billion Naira fraud charge. Akingbola is a former Managing Director of the defunct Intercontinental Bank Plc. Justice Tanko Muhammad, leading a five-man panel, affirmed the Feb. 20, 2015 judgment of the Court of Appeal […]

  • AMCON takes over Sen. Oduah’s assets

    The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has taken over Sea Petroleum Oil & Gas Ltd. and other assets belonging to Sen. Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi over an unpaid debt of about N20 billion. AMCON said the takeover followed an injunction granted by Justice M.S. Hassan of the Federal High Court, Lagos against Sea Petroleum Oil & […]

  • Not so sir, Army panel tells General TY Danjuma

    The Nigerian Army on Friday said allegations against it by retired Gen. T.Y Danjuma that it colluded with militia in Taraba and refused to protect the people were untrue. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, made this known at a news conference in Abuja where he gave details of the findings of the […]

  • Total, Mobil oil top losers’ chart on NSE

    Total Nigeria Plc on Friday at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)  topped the losers’ chart, dropping by N9.80 to close at N212 per share, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)reports. Mobil Oil trailed with a loss of N7 to close at N181, while Dangote Cement was down by N3 to close at N245 per share. […]

  • Invest more in science education, academic tasks FG

    The Federal Government has been advised to increase its funding of the education sector if Nigeria is to become globally competitive. An academic at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife in Osun State, Dr Babatunde Ogundare, gave the recommendation on Tuesday at the Faculty of Science Secondary Schools Quiz Competition held at the institution. Addressing […]

  • Timeline of Ebola virus since first known outbreak

    Following is a recap of past epidemics of Ebola as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) battles a new outbreak of the deadly tropical disease: 1976: First known outbreak  Ebola was first identified in central Africa in 1976 and named after a river in northern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It claimed 431 lives that […]

  • Crude prices hits above $80 since late 2014

    Benchmark oil contract Brent North Sea briefly surged above $80 a barrel Thursday, hitting its highest level since late 2014 and extending a recent run higher fuelled by tight supply concerns. European stock markets meanwhile rose as the euro weakened against the dollar, but Wall Street pulled back in early New York trading. Brent North […]

  • AfDB approves $100m to boost fertilizer production in Nigeria

    The African Development Bank (AfDB) says it has approved 100 million dollars senior loan to Nigerian firm, Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited, to support the production of Fertilizer in Nigeria. The Bank disclosed this in a statement, on Thursday adding that it would help the company’s plans to double its fertilizer production from 1.4 million […]

  • FG opens online portal for investors

    The Federal Government has launched an up-to-date online portal, `iGuide Nigeria’, containing necessary information and relevant data for willing investors. The Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr Okechukwu Enelamah, at the launch in Abuja on Thursday, said the portal would greatly improve the Ease of Doing Business in the country. The Permanent Secretary of the […]

  • Governors threaten NNPC over fuel subsidy

    National Economic Council (NEC), comprising the 36 State Governors in the country has threatened to take over the responsibility of subsidising petroleum products in their states based on consumption following the huge amount of money being spent by the NNPC as fuel subsidy payment annually. The Chairman of Governors’ Forum, Gov. Abdulazeez Yari of Zamfara […]

  • Kamra Indian manager of Dangote Cement killed in Ethiopia

    Deep Kamra, the Indian manager of the cement plant owned by Nigeria’s Dangote Industries Limited in Ethiopia was killed on Wednesday after he was attacked in the restive Oromiya region while returning to Addis Ababa from the factory. Both the secretary and driver of Kamra, who is the Dangote Cement country manager, were also shot […]

  • Don’t reject gunshot victims, Police warn doctors

    The Lagos State Police Command has warned hospitals and doctors to henceforth desist from rejecting gunshot victims, saying such act constitutes a flagrant violation of an existing law. In a statement on Wednesday by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti, they said doctors who do so are criminally liable on account of the provision […]

  • Shareholders caution Oando against Ansbury reconciliation

    Some shareholders of Oando Plc on Wednesday cautioned its management against moves to reconcile with Ansbury Investments Incorporated, owned by Mr Gabriele Volpi. The shareholders: Pacesetters Shareholders Association, Distinct Shareholders Association and Sage Shareholders, said their objection to the reconciliatory moves was based on an ongoing investigation of Volpi for alleged money laundering by Italian […]

  • Senate passes 2018 Budget of N9.12 trillion

    The Senate has passed the 2018 Budget of N9.12 Trillion following the consideration and adoption of the Budget report laid on the floor of the upper legislative chamber on Tuesday. This is coming 6 months after the budget document was presented to a joint session of the National Assembly in November. The Budget document passed […]