My Interest Is To Create A Peaceful Rivers State Says Wike

My Interest Is To Create A Peaceful Rivers State Says Wike

Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that  his Principal interest is to create a peaceful  environment  for the development  of the state,  saying  despite  all the contrived distractions,  his administration  has recorded superlative achievements.

Governor Wike also declared  that  his administration  is premised on truthful  relationship  with  the  Rivers people as he would fulfil  all his campaign  promises. 

The governor  spoke on Easter Monday  during a special  appearance  on Channels  Television Sunrise Daily Programme televised from Government House, Port Harcourt. 

He explained  that  his administration  has taken concrete measures  to  improve  the  security  of  the state through funding  of security  interventions and provision  of necessary  logistics for all security agencies.

 He noted, however,  the security  in the state has been impacted negatively  by the frequent  unnecessary  transfer  of security  chiefs masterminded  by  the  former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi. 

He said: “I won’t make a promise that I will not fulfil. The problem most politicians have is the bid to satisfy everyone. I don’t politicise development. My interest is to deliver the best for Rivers people .

“In spite of distractions, we have succeeded in completing many abandoned projects left by the previous govt.We have cleared backlog of unpaid salaries and pensions left by the previous government. We have succeeded in restoring the judiciary and reopening courts shutdown by the previous government “.

He added: “The Federal Government needs to allow Security Chiefs remain in Rivers State to do their jobs & douse the tensions.I have had over three Commissioners of Police  removed since I became governor.”

Commenting on the death of the youth corps member  during  the  rerun elections,  Governor Wike  said  it was unfortunate and painful.

He said an independent investigation and post mortem on  the corpse of the corps member must be carried  out to ascertain  the  type of gun and bullet that killed  him  and those who carry such weapons.

He explained  that  he had to increase the  allowances  of youth corps members serving  in  the  state  in line with  the  present  economic reality.

He said funds for the increment  have already  been  approved.  Corps  members serving  in Port Harcourt will receive  N10,000 instead of the N5000  they were getting  while those outside  the  State Capital  will be  paid N15,000 instead  of  N10,000.

He said: ” I have told the NYSC, we must know the kind of bullet that killed the Corper. We want to know those who killed the Corper. The death of a Corper during the rerun is painful. Investigation of his death has been ordered”

The governor  noted that majority of  the media   reports about violence  in  the state  were politically motivated  and negatively   influenced to cast the state in bad light.

He said: “In spite of the bias media tag: ‘Rivers of blood’, our IGR is improving and there is peace in Rivers State.There are no political killings in Rivers State. Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA  crisis is cult related and is being tackled.”

The governor  noted  that  he has no regret  warning those who plotted to rig the polls.

“Election rigging, subverting the will of the people is one of the worst crimes.I don’t regret warning election riggers from rigging elections in Rivers State.

“The strength of PDP is overwhelming in Rivers State and it is evident on the streets. PDP  is popular in Rivers State and has won all elections since 1999,”Governor Wike said.

He pointed out that  it was his commitment  to credible  polls  that took him to the Mile One  Police Station where the Ward 10 collation officer who was abducted by  suspected  APC  agents was held. 

He pointed  out  that  even in Opobo/Nkoro where INEC  declared APC  winner, polling  units  results  indicate that  PDP emerged victorious.

He regretted  that  former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi has taken the politics of  the  state  personal, insisting  on creating  crisis  to further  his anti-people interests.