He spoke in the early hours of Saturday morning after the conclusion of the Rivers Golden Jubilee Beauty Pageant which witnessed Miss Charity Ogwutum (Miss Obio/Akpor) emerge as Miss Rivers Golden Jubilee.
Other winners include: Miss Chinenye Akaya ( Miss Oyigbo) First Runner-up, Miss Vivian Briggs (Miss Akuku-Toru), Second Runner-up, Miss Benibo Joseph (Miss Degema) Third Runner-up and Miss Elizabeth Nyedah ( Miss Gokana), Fourth Runner-up.
Governor Wike said all the 23 participants at the Beauty pageant are winners as they will promote the state as worthy ambassadors.
He encouraged them to be steadfast in their pursuit of greatness, noting that the state government will support their education.
While commending the Management of Belema Oil for awarding international scholarship to the 12 contestants who are school certificate holders, Governor Wike announced international scholarships for the 11 other contestants with degrees.
“I want these contestants to pursue greatness. I want you to pursue academic greatness. After this event, don’t move from office to office, under the guise of a non governmental organisation “, he said.
Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike said that the Beauty Pageant brought out the best in Rivers women.
She said that all the contestants exhibited intelligence in addition to their beauty, adding that they represent the bright future of the state.
“I am proud to be a Rivers woman. We have everything that a man wants in a woman . These are very confident women who are sure of themselves “, the wife of the governor said.
Famous Nigerian Musician, Omawunmi thrilled guests at the event, while the interactive session with the contestants was exciting.
Rivers born comedians and dancers performed at the historic event.
Highpoint of the Beauty pageant was the crowning of Miss Charity Ogwutum (Miss Obio/Akpor) as Miss Rivers Golden Jubilee.
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.
13th May, 2017.