Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike has declared that his administration has been able to restore the economy of the state in spite of the challenges that came with the past year 2017.
Wike, who made the declaration yesterday in his New Year message to the people of the state, said despite the difficulties experienced in 2017, recorded some memorable events and achievements as a people.
The governor said, “Let me also use this opportunity to convey our sincere thanks to you all for the support, co-operation as well as your contributions to the development of the state since we came on board in 2015. It is always exciting to see out an old year and usher in a new one.
“We successfully restored our broken economy and put it on a sustainable growth path and regeneration. We have also enhanced our tourism and recreational potential with the building of the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park.
“We promoted the rule of law and enhanced access to justice with the building of new court houses for the state as well as the Port Harcourt division of federal courts, and improved the welfare of judicial officers for greater productivity.
“Although 2017 has been a very difficult year, we still have reasons to thank god for life and look forward with renewed hopes for a better new year. Never have these spirit been more required than now.
“In spite of the difficulties and challenges of 2017, we still recorded some memorable events and achievements as a people. We peacefully and collectively marked the 50th anniversary of the creation of our dear state and in doing so, cherished the memory of our founding fathers, celebrated our fabulous heritage, took stock of our progress and set our compass for the future.
“As a government we moved the state several notches forward. we constructed and added more kilometers of roads to the existing road network. We rehabilitated, equipped and transformed hundreds of basic education schools, and secondary schools as well as built new faculty buildings for our tertiary institutions.”