To honour founding fathers, others
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Golden Jubilee Committee has said out of N1.5billion expected as the budget estimate to mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of the State, more than N1billion has been realized mostly from the private ventures.
Speaking at a Press Conference in Port Harcourt, the Alternate Chairman of the committee , Chief OCJ Okocha, SAN, said more donors are coming from private sectors and many have showed interest for partnership.
He said the purpose of the celebrations was to showcase the history, unique geography, and the rich cultural tapestry of the State.
He noted that a special day has been set aside to celebrate and honour those who have made significant contribution for the development of the state.
He said the central theme of the events was to strengthen “the bonds of brotherhood of the people of the state”, and set the agenda for the development of the State for the next three decades.
He revealed that the celebratory activities which began in January this year with the unveiling of the anniversary logo by the State governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, have seen a fund raising dinner, statewide wrestling competition, and a novelty cycling event.
According to Chief Okocha, other events lined up for the celebration include, a polo tournament football competition, a beauty pageant, and the colourful canoe regatta for which the State is famous.
Chief Okocha said: “We have a budget of N1. 5billion and most of it was expected from the private sector ventures. Interestedly we have raised more than N1billion from private donors and more donations are coming in.
“We are partnering with business community, when investment comes to the state job opportunities will improve. And this will have a general positive effect on Rivers economy. We are going to show the world that Rivers State is very conducive for business.
“A day has been set aside to honour those who have made significant and wonderful contributions for the development of the state. Those founding fathers that fought for the creation of Rivers State will be recognised. It is very important to honour and recognise our heroes”