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Rivers: Wike Still the ‘Mr. Projects’

By Ernest Chinwo

As Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State marks his 100 days in office in his second term, there is a mixed feeling among residents about his performance, especially when compared to same period in his first term. While some believe that Wike is still “Mr. Projects”, others feel there is lethargy in projects conceptualisation and execution.

In his second tenure, Wike has concentrated on the fight against insecurity. While launching “Operation Sting”, the state’s security outfit to secure lives and property, he equipped security agencies to fight crime. The equipment included 76 patrol/operational vehicles fitted with communication gadgets; eight armoured fitted gunboats to tighten coastal security and protect the waterways from the activities of criminals; two armoured personnel carriers for police swift response actions; 450 hand-held mobile radios to enhance communication among the security operatives and overcome the current wide gaps in intelligence gathering.

Wike has also lined up for inauguration, several projects completed within his 100 days in office. They include the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park Cinema, Rumuokwurusi-Elelenwo-Akpajo Road, Real Madrid Football Academy, Rumuwoji (Mile 1) Market, Fruit Garden Market, Nigerian Labour Congress House, Dualised Birabi Street Road, among others.
But while the governor is doing well in most areas, he has not been able to reconstitute the State Executive Council. He only appointed the Commissioner for Finance, and Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice as well as secretary to the state government. Critics believe the governor is bearing more loads than he ordinarily should, which they reckon accounts for the slow pace in activities.

Wike has also embarked on a mission to return Port Harcourt to its Garden City status. This has pitted many residents against the government as a task force has been set up to rid the state capital of illegal trading, unauthorised motor parks and also enforce sanitation laws.

AmarSim Associations Development Consultants

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