The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that he is ready to sacrifice his life in order to protect the state from external forces. The governor also charged the people of the state to rise up to defend the state and her interest in the coming weeks as anti-democratic forces have ganged up against Rivers people. Speaking during the flag off of the construction of the Abua-Emoh-Egbolom road in Abua/Odual Local Government Area on Saturday, Governor Wike said: “”This is the time to say no to illegality. If they are testing the waters for rigging and mayhem, it will not work”.
Briefing the people on the failed abduction of a Federal High Court Judge by the Police and DSS, the governor said that the security operatives were on an illegal mission to entrench an evil scheme in Rivers State. He said: “I told the security operatives who planned to abduct the judge that instead of this impunity, you better take my life. I will always protect the interest of this state.” “When God gives you an assignment, he will give you the enablement to complete the assignment. Rivers people must be ready to fight any form of injustice. I am ready to defend Rivers State with my life”.
On the construction of the Abua-Emoh-Egbolom road, Governor Wike said that the project will be completed in seven months, pointing out that he will wipe away the tears of Abua/Odual people with quality projects. He said the contractor, MCC Nigeria Limited has the capacity to deliver a quality project within the scheduled time. He called on the people to support the contractor all through the duration of the road’s construction. The governor said that he had promised to construct the road during a rally to celebrate his Supreme Court victory in March. He charged the people to remain committed to the PDP as it is the only political party that will promote their welfare.
Member representing Abua/Odual/Ahoada East Federal Constituency, Mrs Betty Apiafi and the Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assemby, Mr Marshal Uwom lauded Governor Wike for bringing development to the people. They said since the creation of the local government 25years ago, no serving governor has initiated a major project in the area. According to them, Governor Wike deserves commendation for being the first serving governor to initiate a major project for Abua/Odual Local Government Area. Commissioner for Works, Mr Harrison Iheanyichukwu said the 8.2kilometre road will connect the seven communities on the route to the rest of the state.