Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has vowed never to be distracted from delivering people-oriented projects in the life of his administration for the benefit of the people of the state.
Wike made the vow on Tuesday in Port Harcourt while receiving an Award of Excellence in Good Leadership, from the Peoples Club International, as part of activities marking the 40th anniversary of the Club.
The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Community and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barrister Sylvanus Nwankwo, said the award will motivate him do more for the people because they deserve the best.
He congratulated elder statesman, Chief Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs, who was also honoured by the Club, for the humanitarian services he has been rendering to the people.
The governor said, “If all political and captains of industry will protect and work for the interest of the people instead of seeking who to pull down or destroy, this state will be a better place.”
Presenting the awards in Port Harcourt, Chairman of the club, Ebere Owhonda, stated that the club is a non-political association and that its awards were not for any political reasons but to promote diligence.
Owhonda said, “Peoples Club is an exclusive, elite social club of the most distinguished and eminent Nigerians who appreciate the good things of life.
“Port Harcourt branch is a very innovative, unique and reformed branch of Peoples Club. We are non-profit, non-political and non-partisan. Our mission is to offer our members comfortable environment where they will grow and prosper socially. Our affairs are devoid of occultism, politics, personal acrimony or animosity, ethnicity and racism.”
The Club Chairman said Wike was honoured with the Award of Excellence in Good Leadership because of the numerous people-oriented projects he has executed in the state.
Owhonda said, “For the three years Governor Nyesom Wike has been in office as governor of Rivers State, we have seen an unprecedented number and quality of projects that we have not seen in any past administration in Rivers State. It is more remarkable that these projects are coming despite the harsh economic situation in the country.
“The award is to encourage the governor to do more for the people of Rivers State for that is the legacy we expect from any leader at this point of our development.”
He also stated that Lulu-Briggs was honoured for his humanitarian services to the people through the O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation especially the free eye care/medical outreach; Centre for Cardio/Parkinson Diseases and health facility he built at the University of Port Harcourt.
In his address, chairman of the occasion and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Hon. Onueze Okocha (SAN), said the Peoples Club has over the years maintained a dignity that most elite clubs in the country would find difficult to match.
Okocha expressed satisfaction with the growth of the club and thanked the members for recognising and rewarding hard work in the persons of Wike, Lulu-Briggs and other pioneer members of the club.
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