Whilst a Commissioner under Governor Wike, Tam-George announced the flag off of the Rivers State Ecumenical Centre, which he now finds offensive because he has defected to the APC. Governor Wike flagged off the construction of the Ecumenical Centre and Port Harcourt Pleasure Park on same day. They are both iconic structures in Rivers State.
Tam-George raised the issue of unemployment in his piece. Right from his first term, Governor Wike has committed himself to the creation of employment opportunities. His countless projects created thousands of jobs across the 23 Local Government Areas. Now in his second term, Governor Wike has opened up employment opportunities in the civil service, schools and other government departments. In a similar vein, the Rivers State Government handed out interest free loans to young entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.
I was surprised that Tam-George had the courage to talk about insecurity in Rivers State. Rivers State is one of the safest places in Nigeria today. The entire North West, North East and North Central have collapsed in the worst wave of insecurity in the history of the country. The South-West where Tam-George resides has been hijacked by Herdsmen and Bandits . They rob and kidnap with carefree abandon. Rivers State has its own security challenges, but it remains one of the safest places due to the innovative and proactive approach of Governor Wike.
In an article titled: “Governor Wike’s Finest Hour” on October 10, 2016, Tam-George had this to say about Wike’s courage and commitment to social good.
“Governor Wike’s courageous insistence on the supremacy of the law, even as he was physically assaulted by men of the DSS, is his finest service to Nigeria.The governor’s historic intervention reminds us of the sacrifice every Nigerian must now be prepared to make, as we challenge the tyranny and anarchy that loom over our nation”.
In an interview with Pulse on August 18, 2016, Tam-George as then Rivers State Commissioner of Information articulated the Wike’s security prowess.
Tam-George said: “As a principle, Governor Wike supports and works closely and respectfully with all security agencies. All he wants is for the security agencies to be insulated from partisan politics, so that they could focus on their jobs. That is his point. Police and other security personnel posted to serve in Rivers State should fight crime and help maintain the peace. We welcome and will support anyone posted to Rivers State. We only ask that they conduct their work professionally. This is the governor’s point. He will continue his unflinching support to the police and all security institutions in the State”.
Today, sports is one of the highest employers of labour across the globe. International Football is a key avenue of empowering youths. The establishment of Real Madrid Football Academy is aimed at creating future international football stars. This Football Institution has the support and blessing of Real Madrid Football Club. It is embarrassing that Tam-George attempted to berate the creation of this important school. But when you remember that Tam-George has joined the APC, then you will eagerly forgive him. In the APC, the norm is under-development. Tam-George captured it well while he was still on the positive side.
On September 25, 2016, Tam-George wrote: “The APC leaders in Rivers State seem to be more interested in their shiny hats and cosmetic bags at media briefings. Hardly would you hear them engage in a meaningful debate on how to put the state on a sustainable trajectory of growth “.
In mentioning the meeting that Governor Wike had with ambassadors of European Union in Abuja, Tam-George suffered amnesia. He forgot that Rivers State Governor and the Heads of Mission agreed on a partnership in the area of commercial agriculture with the objective of employment generation. This opening created for Rivers State by the European Union was principally in response to the outstanding performance of Governor Wike and his grassroots support base.
It is rather disheartening that Tam-George decided to dance on the graves of those killed during the Pipeline Explosion at Kom Kom in Oyigbo Local Government Area. For the avoidance of doubt, the Rivers State Government , the PDP and all key stakeholders have worked together to address the situation.
The Government House through the Office of the Deputy Governor, the State Ministry of Environment, the Oyigbo Local Government Council, Senator Representing Rivers South-East (PDP), the House of Representatives Member, Representing Tai/Eleme/Oyigbo Federal Constituency (PDP) and the PDP Leadership in the area directly intervened and alleviated the pains of victims. All stakeholders are working to ensure a closure.
The Rivers State Government in a meeting with the Senate AdHoc Committee on Pipe Line Explosion in Kom Kom, Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State hoped that recommendations of the committee would ensure that such tragedies don’t happen again. This committee was set up by the Senate Leadership after a motion by the Senator Representing Rivers South East Senatorial District.
The Rivers State under Governor Wike that Tam-George described to Pulse in his interview on August 18, 2016 has grown better.
Hear Tam-George in that interview: “Governor Wike has brought Rivers State back on its feet again. There is an impressive momentum of development everywhere you turn. The government is re-vitalising the State through the provision of critical infrastructure. Roads that were abandoned for decades and were impassable in many places have been completely re-constructed. Over 180 km of roads across the State have been completed in one of the most challenging terrains for constructions. The Governor is implementing a massive urban renewal plan, and the construction of roads and bridges form the centrepiece of this plan. Even street lights and road traffic lights are being restored on all major roads. This has given Port Harcourt a more functional and liveable outlook” .
The above statement by Tam-George was made when he was still in control of the facts of the pro-Rivers struggle. It is a summation of the reality on ground in today’s Rivers State. It was for this reason that Rivers people stood with Governor Wike during the invasion of the AAC/APC/ARMY Alliance. It was for this reason that unarmed women, youths and elders stood their ground to insist on their mandate being respected.
Tam-George hates the declaration that Rivers is a Christian State, but he posited that there are over 5000 Churches in the state. This is the ugly form of hypocrisy that has led to the destruction of Nigeria by the APC. They talk from all sides of their mouth. These Churches that Tam-George mocked stood firm for Governor Wike. They refused to allow the Janjaweed elements kidnap Rivers State. As a Godfearing Christian, Governor Wike will never be intimidated by these Janjaweed elements into forgetting that Rivers is a Christian State.
The more these Janjaweed fighters cry, the more the declaration will be made. The more these Janjaweed fighters attempt to play the Ostrich, the more the Church of Christ will prevail. The Federal Government continues to promote RUGA, Cattle Colonies and other issues that promote a particular divide, all Tam-George can do at this time of National Despondency is to display the worst form of hypocrisy.