Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa-ad Abubakar has declared that the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has opened the eyes of Nigerians on the true meaning of good governance through the delivery of quality projects.
This is as the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers formally honoured Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike with the title: “The Pride of Rivers State ” for his outstanding developmental strides.
Commissioning the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers Secretariat Complex constructed by the administration of Governor Wike on Friday, Sultan of Sokoto christened Governor Wike “Mr Opener”.
“We will continue to commend you as long as the people commend you. I call you Mr Opener because you have opened eyes to what governance should be. What you are doing will endear you to the people,” he said.
He noted that the transformation of Rivers State under the leadership of Governor Wike is real, pointing out that most of the projects being commissioned as part of the Third Year Anniversary were inspected by traditional rulers after their national meeting in January, 2018.
“We saw these projects with our eyes, nobody told us. You cannot say that this governor has not worked. Even the enemies of progress will acknowledge that something is being done,” the Sultan said.
The Sultan of Sokoto noted that government is a process where the leader continues to do what is right. He praised Governor Wike for doing what is right for Rivers people.
He urged the Rivers State Governor to concentrate on agriculture, especially oil palm production when the people actualise their support for him next year.
He stated that no matter the situation, the votes of Rivers people must count and the people allowed to determine their leaders.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said that his administration resolved to construct a befitting place where the traditional rulers will share ideas and contribute to the development of the state.
He said that his administration has worked closely with the traditional rulers to build peace which has led to the development of the state.
“I will always give priority to the welfare of Traditional Rulers. The traditional rulers are key to the stability of the country,” Wike said.
The governor said that his administration is committed to the delivery of projects, noting that the administration will continue to commission key projects irrespective of criticisms by the opposition.
He thanked the state traditional rulers for honouring him. He said the honour will spur him to greater service.
Chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and Amayanabo of Opobo, King Dandeson Jaja said the secretariat will serve as a centre to preserve culture and tradition.
Eze Ekpeye Logbo, Eze Robinson O. Robinson stated that Rivers people will re-elect Governor Wike next year because of his planting of projects across the state .
Mayor of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, Mr Victor Ihunwo assured the Rivers State Governor that the residents of the area will re-elect him.
Special Adviser on Special Projects to the Rivers State Governor, Alabo George Kerley said the secretariat was mid-wifed and delivered by Governor Wike . He said the facilities in the structure will enhance the deliberations of the traditional rulers.