Bright Jossy writes from Portharcourt.
As a Minister of State for Education and Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Barr Nyesom Wike, didn’t only ensure that Rivers state was captured in the developmental map of the federal government , but he made Rivers state the envy of other States, including the home state of the then president Goodluck Jonathan, as he attracted several federal government projects , especially through the ministry he overseed , to Rivers state, and also used Construction Companies owned by Rivers sons and daughters to execute them.
As a minister of federal republic of Nigeria, he didn’t play politics with the development of his state , he didn’t deny Rivers state her share of federal government attention because the then Governor Amaechi was of different political party with president GoodLuck Jonathan , rather he capitalized on his membership of the federal cabinet to set Rivers state on the path of development.
By his works he proved himself an outstanding achiever with the capacity and heart to develop Rivers State, hence the overwhelming support he got from the good people of Rivers state in 2015 , and the increasing followership he currently enjoys within and outside the state.
Below are some of the Federal Government Projects that were Influenced by the then Minister Nyesom Wike, and Sited in Rivers State.
*Establishment of Federal Polytechnic of Oil and Gas, Bonny
*Faculty of Law, University of Port Harcourt
*Construction of Faculty of Biological Science Building, University of Port Harcourt
*Special Intervention for Federal College of Education, Technical, Omoku for key projects
*On going construction of Special Vocational School for Boys at Ogu/Bolo LGA
*Construction of Junior Model College in Ikwerre LGA
*Complete rehabilitation and equipping of 22 Existing Secondary in all three Senatorial Districts of Rivers State
*Distribution of over 4million free textbooks and resource materials to basic education institutions in Rivers State
*Training of over 20,000 teachers and basic education administrators in Rivers State
*Rivers indigenes offered appointments in several Federal Ministry of Education Parastatals
*Many Rivers State indigenes on several Federal scholarship programmes
*Siting of National Teachers Institute, NTI, Data Centre in Port Harcourt
*Siting National Open University of Nigeria study centre in Port Harcourt
*Rehabilitation of classrooms, laboratories and hostels at Federal Government College, Port Harcourt
*Rehabilitation of classrooms, laboratories and hostels at Federal Government Girls College, Abuluoma
*Rehabilitation of classrooms, hostels and workshops at Federal Science and Technical College, Ahaoda
*Construction of Electronic Library, Federal Government, Port Harcourt
*Construction of Electronic Library, Federal Government Girls College, Abuluoma
*Special TETFUND High Impact Development Fund of N1billion to University of Port Harcourt
*Appointment of several Rivers State indigenes as members of Federal Ministry of Education parastatals
*Several duly registered Rivers born contractors for the first time benefitted from Federal Ministry of Education Contracts for key projects
*Over N1billion grant to University of Port Harcourt from the World Bank for scientific research
Barrister Wike was the chief executor of President Jonathan’s Almajiri Education Programme, Special Schools for Girls, Special Vocational Schools for South-South/South East, Free Textbooks distribution, Construction of Electronic Libraries in Federal Unity Colleges, Phased Rehabilitation of Federal Unity Colleges, training of over 1million basic education teachers, N1.3trillion intervention for public universities, construction of micro-laboratories in Federal Colleges of Education, equipping of workshops of Federal Science and Technical Colleges, establishment of four new Federal Polytechnics.
To be Continued…..