A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state, Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, has described the enormous achievements of the Rivers state Governor, Barrister Nyesom Wike in the last four years, as a model for other state governors to follow despite party differences.
Kpodoh said the Rivers state governor stood far above his south-south, south-east and northern peers in the areas of infrastructural development, roads, health facilities,security and good governance.
Chief Kpodoh said though Governor Wike is from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), an assessment of his administration and others, particularly Bayelsa state, showed that Rivers state has witnessed cases of improved massive infrastructure and not abandoned projects as was the case with past administrations.
Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, who also served as Security Adviser to the Bayelsa state government, said Governor Wike deserved all the awards and accolades bestowed on him so far for spreading projects across the local government areas of Rivers state.
According to Kpodoh: “The Rivers state government is reconstructing and furnishing 175 primary and Junior Secondary Schools in all the 23 local government areas of the state.
“In each of the local government areas, local contractors were engaged to execute these projects. These local contractors have, in turn, engaged different cadres of skilled and unskilled labour. Rural economies are also being positively impacted.
“There is also the total rehabilitation and equpping of 13 General and Zonal Hospitals across the state. Add this to the upgrade and reconstruction of five major secondary schools in the three senatorial districts. These projects have been distributed to create jobs in different communities.”
“The countless roads constructed by the Rivers state government under the leadership of Governor Wike have opened up agricultural centres for the empowerment of the people. The roads to the agricultural centres of Etche abandoned by the Amaechi administration readily comes to mind.
“Across the world, infrastructure development is a known route towards quick job creation and economic generation and empowerment. The infrastructure being developed are also meeting the basic social needs of the people , such as good roads, quality hospitals and good schools.”
Kpodoh said as an APC chieftain: “It is good to say the truth. Apart from Governor Ambode of Lagos state, no other governor has shown sincere commitment to project delivery and people’s welfare more than Governor Wike. Many of the other governors hide under cases of distraction and low allocation to defraud the people and abandon projects.”
Kpodoh, however, called on the Rivers state governor to be consistent and focus on project completion, adding “the completion of the listed projects for the first term should be completed and not abandoned like in some states.”