Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers State says his administration has surmounted political and economic challenges to improve the living standard of the people of the state, assuring of his commitment to development and democracy.
Wike gave the assurance on Saturday during a breakfast meeting with the National Executive Council of the Nigerian Guild of Editors led by its President, Mrs Funke Egbemode.
He stressed that the state would attain greater mileage in terms of development if it is not made to face endless rerun elections and politically-induced security challenges.
The governor also led the executives of the Guild on a project inspection around Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas.
Projects visited include: NBA Law Centre, Woji-Akpajo road with bridge, Government Girls Secondary School, Rumuokwuta, Remodeling of Port Harcourt Civic Centre and the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park.
Wike maintained that he remained focused because of his commitment to the development of Rivers State and his love for people of the state.
He said that he combined infrastructural development and workers welfare within his first year in office, because that was the way to revive the state’s economy, which was battered by previous administrations.
“Despite the propaganda being sponsored by the opposition, Rivers State is safe for investments and development.
“It is important for everyone to know that Rivers State is safe and is witnessing massive development.
“In the next two months, we are hosting many national events. We recently hosted several national events.
“For me as a governor, this is a privilege to serve my people and I will give it my best shot.
“I am ready to lay down my life for the state. My commitment to the development of Rivers State is total; I will forever defend it,” Wike said.
The governor charged the media to work towards informing the world on the true situation in Rivers State, pointing out that majority of the information in the public domain were allegedly concocted by the opposition.
“For our democracy to succeed, the media has a major role to play. It was publicity that led to the failure of the Turkish coup,” he said.
In an interview with journalists, the President of the Guild, Egbemode said that the leaders of the guild have been in the state for days and they can confirm that the state is safe.
She also commended the governor for his judicious application of scarce resources for development.
The Nigerian Guild of Editors will be holding its Annual National Conference in Port Harcourt from Aug. 3 to Aug. 7.
Theme of conference is “Economic Diversification: Agriculture as Option for a Prosperous Nigeria”.