Official: Governor Wike executing projects in all Rivers councils

Governor Nyesom Wike claimed Tuesday that the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, spent the sum of 10 billion naira to fight him during the 2019 gubernatorial election.

Rivers Information and Communications Commissioner Paulnus Nsirim has said the state has become a major player in national politics due to the rapid development of the state’s infrastructure by Governor Nyesom Wike.

While emphasizing that the State has made great strides under Wike’s leadership, the Commissioner nonetheless asked the media to also begin highlighting the numerous projects the Governor is executing in rural areas.

The Commissioner who spoke to reporters in Port Harcourt emphasized that despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the global economic recession, Governor Wike has been in the driver’s seat following his development agenda.

He said that, contrary to the impression being created, Governor Wike has evenly distributed development projects across all local government areas of the state.

On how the governor has been able to achieve results, Nsirim said: “Governor Wike has put God first and is passionate about developing Rivers State. He is selflessly committed to making Rivers State the preferred destination for investors, and of course he is a prudent steward of resources. “

He disagreed with critics who accused the governor of concentrating projects in Port Harcourt and Obio / Akpor, insisting that Wike has extended development projects to all local government areas of the state.

He urged the media to guard against the practice of armchair journalism, adding that the state government is open to any constructive criticism that contributes to the administration’s development efforts.

“I have told journalists that it is only a bad leader who will not want constructive criticism, but we should not promote armchair criticism. The media should not allow itself to be a dump for armchair criticism, but you see, that’s what we find most of the time. Many people are there for pull him down syndrome. They don’t see anything good. It should not be like that “.

He challenged media professionals to always uphold the principles of objectivity and fairness in the performance of their legal responsibilities to society. “It is important that now that we have so many people straying into the profession, the legacy we leave behind determines the sustenance of the principles of the profession. You can’t afford to leave behind a situation where professionalism is thrown at the dogs, ”he said.

He called on journalists in the state to continue to partner with Governor Wike, who he says is determined to leave a worthy legacy for posterity.

“When the story is written, they will be proud to be a part of the success story,” he told media professionals.

In his comment, the Acting Chairman of the Chapel of Federated Correspondents of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Rivers State Chapter, Mr. Amaechi Okonkwo, praised the media aide for the cordial relationship between Governor Wike’s administration and the media of communication.

He urged Nsirim to use his media expertise to improve the relationship between the media and Governor Wike’s administration.

Other media executives such as the state president of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Stanley Job Stanley; the president of RIVPA, Ngo Martin-Yellowe; Rivers State Television CEO Pastor Dafeni Gogo-Abe praised Nsirim for building a bridge of friendship between the state.

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