BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, Port Harcourt –
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has declared that all communities that promote peace will continue to attract strategic projects from his administration.
Wike, who made the declaration yesterday while flagging off the reconstruction of the Government Secondary School, Abua in Abua/Odual local government area of the state, noted that projects implementation in Abua/Odual became easy after the people embraced the peace initiatives of the Rivers State government.
The governor said, “Abua/Odual is close to my heart. When there is peace, government finds it easy to execute projects. We are here executing projects because peace has returned to Abua/Odual.”
He stated that as part of the empowerment scheme of his administration, more than 90 per cent of the contractors for the reconstruction of the school are from Abua/Odual.
Wike, however, warned that any contractor that collects government money and defaults would face the full weight of the law.
The governor stated that his administration remains committed to the rapid development of the state.
He said, “God has blessed us. While other states are struggling to pay salaries, we are not only paying salaries and pensions, we are executing key projects.”
Wike urged the youths of the area to protect the contractors for speedy completion of the project.
In his remarks, the Rivers State commissioner for Education, Dr Tamunosisi Jaja, said the school will be re-modelled, reconstructed and upgraded.
Jaja stated that boarding education would be introduced in Government Secondary School, Abua as part of the remodelling process.
The member of the House of Representatives representing Abua/Odual/Ahoada East federal constituency, Mrs Betty Apiafi praised Governor Wike for always giving Abua/Odual priority attention.
Oda Abua, King Kalay Obugeh lauded Governor Wike for the return of peace to the area.
He said through the implementation of projects, peace has been sustained by the Wike administration in the area.
Caretaker Committee chairman of Abua/Odual local government area, Mr Oladipo said Governor Wike is the only governor that has initiated and commissioned projects in the area since the creation of the council.