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L-R: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, United States Consul General, Mr John Bray, United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr William Symington and Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday night.

Gov. Wike hosts American Ambassador, seeks true federalism; Nigeria’ll be a super power and a super partner – US Ambassador

L-R: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Ambassador of the United States of America to Nigeria, Mr William Symington , Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike , Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo and Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Ikuinyi Ibani during the State Banquet in honour of the United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday night.
L-R: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, United States Consul General, Mr John Bray, United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr William Symington and Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday night.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, (m) United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr William Symington (l) and Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday night.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, (m) United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr William Symington (l) and Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday night.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr William Symington (l) during the state banquet in honour of the United States of Ambassador to Nigeria at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday night.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, (r) United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr William Symington (l) and Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and Amayanabo of Opobo, King Dandeson Jaja (m) during the state banquet in honour of the United States of Ambassador to Nigeria at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday night.
Traditional dance at the State Banquet in honour of the United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday night.
Traditional dance

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that Rivers  people are insisting on true federalism because they crave a country where all federating units are allowed to develop in line with their respective potentials and resources. 

 The governor emphasised  that the demand for true federalism simply means that Rivers people believe  in a united Nigeria, where  no section  is denied the control of her resources. 

 The governor  who spoke at the Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday night when the Rivers State Government  hosted the Ambassador of the United States of America to Nigeria, Mr William Symington to a State Banquet, also called on the Government of the United States of America to set up a Visa Office in Port Harcourt  to  cater for  the South-South and South-East.

 He said: “We are clamouring for true federalism.  When you talk true federalism, they think  you don’t want to  be part of the  country. We talk about true federalism as practiced in America.  A true presidential system where all the Federating units will be allowed to enjoy their resources and contribute to the centre.

 “That means we believe that there must be a country called Nigeria.  All of us will work together for the unity of the  country”.

 He explained  that Rivers people  seek equity, fairness and justice in the country, stating that the right framework  must be established  to ensure that all states excel at their pace. 

 On the  request for the United States Government to set up a Visa Office in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said the visa office will resolve  the issue of equity  and justice as the Abuja office serves the north and Lagos office serves the South West. 

 He assured the American Ambassador that  the state is safe for business, pledging that his administration will partner with investors, as the right environment  has already been created. 

 “Forget about the media propaganda.  This state is an opposition state . Therefore, don’t expect them to say it is the best.  But, we are the best state. We are doing  everything to ensure that investors  do profitable business under the ambit of the law”, Governor Wike said. 

 In his remarks, the Ambassador of the United States of America to Nigeria, Mr William Symington commended Nigerians for the unity of the country. 

 He said that Nigeria is a great country because of the contributions of Nigerians.  

 “Nigeria will be great and I expect a super power and a super partner “, he said.

 The US Ambassador to Nigeria  was accompanied by the Consul General , John Bray.

 Head of Service of Rivers State, Mr Rufus Godwins, in a welcome remark on behalf of the Rivers State Government, pointed out that Rivers State shares a lot of similarities  with  the  United States of America, especially in the area of the presence of oil resources, love of human rights, justice and fair play. 

 He, however, pointed out that  while United States  practices fiscal federalism where federating states own their resources, Rivers State suffers untold hardship as her resources  are exploited to the benefit  of others.

 The Head of Service of Rivers State further brought to the notice of the United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria, the murderous attack on the democratic  rights of Rivers people by Federal forces during the repeated legislative reruns. He urged the United States of America to take very profound  steps to check  the rape of democracy by Federal forces and their cohorts during future elections. 

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