Gov. Wike refuses to bow to pressure over Executive Order 21

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Rivers governor Nyesom Wike

Governor Nyesome Wike reiterated that Executive Order 21 is still in force in the State to protect public facilities.

The Rivers State governor gave the warning on Monday at the flag-off of the Indorama-Agbonchia-Ogale-Ebubu-East/West Link Road in Eleme Local Government Area of the State.

He remarked that people had gone to misrepresent the intent of Order 21 before the Inspector General of Police that his administration was preventing other political parties from campaigning in the State.

Governor Wike told political parties wanting to hold their events within government facilities and schools, to apply and meet the terms.

He said those who are threatening to disobey the Executive Order of the government should be prepared to bear the consequences.

The Rivers State governor explained that request for the construction of the road was made by PDP political leaders from Eleme who are desirous for the development of their community.

Governor Wike urged the people of Eleme to thwart the senatorial ambition of former Nigerian ambassador to The Netherlands, Orji Ngofa, who hails from there for his gross failure to attract any dividends of democracy to the area.

The governor assured the people of the State that PDP governorship candidate, Siminialayi Fubara and others, when elected, will move the State forward in terms of development.

Performing the flag-off, former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko described the project delivery mantra of governor Wike as phenomenon.

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The project in focus, he noted, is part of the different and impressive dimensions in which Governor Wike has continued to deliver massive infrastructure to drive development both in the urban, suburban, and rural areas of the State.

“There is the poverty reduction content. The development of human capital dimension is unmistakeable. The practical manner in which Governor Wike’s focused leadership has enhanced the value of Rivers people, and earned them respect across the land.

“It is that his integrated infrastructure development is one of the greatest catalysts for equitable, bottom-up economic growth. This is inclusive growth; the type of growth that addresses rural poverty in its practicality; not the type that emanates from tortured statistics and dubious metrics.”

Dr. Mimiko emphasized that agitation for responsible management of the country’s diversity, which is at the root of what Governor Wike represents in Nigeria’s politics today, is not a North vs South issue.

He said the clamour for equity in politics brings to the fore the place of identity in a multi-ethnic polity like Nigeria.

According to him, to suggest that identity can be discounted in such a context is to be untruthful.

“It is actually a patriotic call for unity based on fairness. Yes, it certainly is not an end in itself, but it is a necessary route to national cohesiveness and inclusivity. It is, indeed, the ultimate destination of responsible leadership and a pan-Nigeria responsive followership – inevitable partners, as it were, in the drive towards comprehensive socio-economic development!”

Providing the description of the project, Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Dr. George-Kelly Dakorinima Alabo said the 10.3km Indorama-Agbonchia-Ogale-Ebubu-East/West Link Road is an impactful landmark project that will create an alternative route for road users and boost the socioeconomic activities in the area.

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