By PRECIOUS IBINABO DAVIDS, Port Harcourt
Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio has declared that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has executed more projects in the last two years than the APC-led Federal Government.
According to a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media Simeon Nwakaudu, he expressed this while addressing journalists after accompanying Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on an extensive projects inspection on Monday, Senator Akpabio said that Governor Wike’s excellent performance stems from his love for Rivers people.
The Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State noted: “Governor Wike has done more work and projects in the last two years than the Federal Government. That is my considered opinion.
“Performance is not necessarily an issue of the availability of resources. If your state gets N5billion, do projects of that amount. If you get N1billion, do projects commensurate with that figure. For Governor Wike, he has judiciously applied the scarce resources available to the state to develop needed infrastructure.
“The resources available to Rivers State is nothing compared to that of the Federal Government. Rivers State Government gets far less than a quarter than one percent of what accrues to the Federal Government, but we can see the tremendous quality of transformation taking place in the state”.
The Former Governor added: “It is not so much money that makes performance. It is love for your people. When you are elected, if you love your people you will perform, no matter the little money that you have.
“What I am seeing here in Rivers State is not like a recession economy because the Governor of Rivers State loves his people. Let me use this opportunity to congratulate the workers at the various sites because they are acquiring a lot of skills working at the sites.
“The kind of projects that Governor Wike is doing in Rivers State will attract the world to the state. Today, there is a song, that the handwork of Wike is beautiful.”
Senator Akpabio advised Governor Wike never to be distracted by political detractors who engage in political blackmail. He said no matter the attempt at distraction, Governor Wike should continue his transformation of the state.
He said: “Do not be distracted by unnecessary blackmail against your person by political detractors. I want to urge all governors who have the opportunity to lead their states to visit Rivers State.
“I want to say this with all amount of pride that Governor Wike is working. We pray God to continue to bless, protect and keep him to work for the state. Governor Wike loves his people, he loves Rivers State and that is why he is doing this. It is not everyone that will transform Rivers State in such a short time.
“Under two years, the results are everywhere. The roads we think that will not be done, have been done. The roads are now wonderful, most of them dualised .
“When it comes to the time of election and the people risk their lives for Governor Wike. People will say maybe he sponsored thugs or used money. It is Governor Wike’s work that will determine the electoral future.”
He commended Governor Wike for restoring the pride of Rivers State as the capital of the Niger Delta.
Governor Wike during the inspection tour, explained the importance of the Rivers State Ecumenical Centre, the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park and Landscaping Architecture at Airforce overheard bridge, Port Harcourt.
He said that his administration will continue to sustain the execution of projects across the state, despite the economic recession.