For the second time in less than two months, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has stated that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has continued to win the best governor’s award because of his state-wide delivery of relevant projects.
Speaking before commissioning 11 roads under the Isiokpo Internal Roads Phase 1 constructed by Wike’s administration in Ikwerre Local Government Area on Thursday, Atiku said Wike had won the ‘Governor of the Year’ award back-to-back since 2016 because he is executing projects to improve the lives of the people.
He said: “Since May this year as part of the third anniversary of Governor Wike’s administration, one project is commissioned each day. The Isiokpo Internal Roads form part of the projects.
“No wonder, Governor Wike keeps winning the ‘Best Governor of the Year’ consecutively since 2016. No governor has achieved that record. It will be very difficult to beat that record.
“I am extremely proud of Governor Wike’s achievements and we are proud of the governor’s leadership.”
The former vice president was impressed with the quality of work done so far by Governor Wike because he lived in Port Harcourt and understands the profound nature of the projects delivered.
In his remarks at the ceremony, Governor Wike said the second phase of Isiokpo Internal Roads would be completed before the end of this year.
The governor also announced that the Ibaa-Isiokpo Road would also be completed and commissioned by the end of the year.
Governor Wike said the commissioning of projects would be sustained because of the need to keep Nigerians informed on the massive infrastructural regeneration in the state.
The governor said the previous administration in the state could not commission projects because none existed.
“When we make promises, we fulfil our promises. We are not like those who make promises and give excuses why they cannot be achieved,” he said.
Governor Wike urged Isiokpo people to reciprocate the developmental strides of his administration by ensuring they support the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019.
Former Governor Celestine Omehia of Rivers described the delivery of the Isiokpo Internal Roads as historic, adding that Wike had shown love to the people of the area.
Samuel Nwanosike, chairman of Ikwerre Local Government Area, assured Wike that the people of the area would support his re-election because he had done what Chibuike Amaechi, their brother, could not do for them.
In a project description, Dum Dekor, Rivers State Commissioner for Works, said majority of the 11 roads spanning 11 kilometres were completely new. He stated that the roads would boost agro-based businesses in the area.
There were traditional display of the Ekpo masquerades to mark the commissioning.