Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that his administration has developed the security infrastructure of the state to the level that it protects lives and property across the state.
Speaking at the Government House Port Harcourt , Governor Wike said that the improvement in security across the state was achieved despite the deliberate plots by the APC Federal Government to sabotage Rivers security architecture.
He said: “When we took over in 2015, the security situation was so horrible that the APC embarked on ungodly propaganda, calling the state, Rivers of Blood.
“The same APC leaders wrote to the President and prevailed on him to declare a State of Emergency on Rivers State. When I met the President , he told me that he was under pressure to declare a state of emergency in the state.
“Through careful investment and policies, our security has improved tremendously. We are not there yet, but our people are largely safe. We are funding the security agencies , working with key stakeholders to sustain the peace”.
The governor added: “I am happy that we have exited that very ugly state of insecurity. We are making improvement. We have offered our people protection and security. We have been able to fight insecurity to a standstill “.
He said that the State Government will continue to build the security framework of the state to ensure the state witnesses sustained growth.
The governor noted that the overwhelming infrastructural development across the state has been made possible because of the prevailing security in the state.
He said without security, it would have been difficult for contractors to work in different communities without molestation.
“Despite all our achievements, it is natural to still have a few critics. But my joy is that the overwhelming majority of our people are happy with us”, he said.
Governor Wike said that his love for the people of Rivers State is boundless, noting that each passing day, he thinks of how to make the state better.
He said: “I know about this state comprehensively. I have been in governance from Local Government through the state to the federal level and back to the state.
“If people have confidence in you, you don’t abuse that confidence. The only way to do that is to wholeheartedly serve the people and provide their basic needs.
“I decided to invite prominent Nigerians from across political and traditional divides to commission projects because we wanted the world to see that our achievements and projects are not mere propaganda “.
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.
14th September, 2018.