Speaking during the State New Year Banquet at the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday, Governor Wike said Rivers people must not relegate the issue of the state’s development under any circumstance.
He said: “All Rivers people must work in the interest of the state. Let us work together for the development of the state. Let us not compromise on the development of our beloved state”.
He assured the people of the state that in 2018, the State Government will the roll projects in rapid succession . The governor said that 2018 will not be treated as a political year because his administration is focused on the delivery of projects and programmes.
He said: “Whether or not this is a political year or not, we will work hard for the people of the state. Beginning January 2, work starts in earnest.
“When we walk on the road, people are happy with the work we are doing . This spurs us to work harder for the people. We are improving on the foundation laid by Former Rivers State Governor, Dr Peter Odili. ”
He said in the course of the third year anniversary of his administration, key projects will be completed and commissioned. He said that the Sakpenwa-Bori Road, the Garrison-Trans-Amadi-Elelenwo Road, Woji-Akpajo Bridge and the Obiri-Ikwerre Road will be completed. He said that the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo unity road will reach advanced stage with the people of Andoni driving to Ngo town by June 2018.
The governor thanked the leaders of the state for their support over the years. He added that support and cooperation of the Legislature and the Judiciary helped his administration to move the state forward.
He said that his administration is committed to the welfare of Rivers people. He said that no amount of distraction will make him lose focus.
“I will defend the interest of Rivers State anywhere. Whatever is given to other people to resolve their challenges, should also be given to us.
“We dedicate all the laurels we have won to the people of the state. We shall work harder to win more laurels for the state. This year, the state will have more finances to execute projects and cater for the welfare of Rivers people “, he said.
The State Banquet was attended by leaders of the State, National and State Assembly members, Judges, businessmen, youth and women leaders.
Traditional dancers and comedians entertained guests, while Rivers based musicians enlivened the evening.
Highpoint of the State Banquet was the cutting of the New Year cake by Governor Wik