By Kalada Jumbo
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has inaugurated a multi-party “Committee on Thanksgiving, Four-Year Anniversary and Inauguration of The Governor for Second Term”, according to a Brick House statement.
Inaugurating the committee at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday, Governor Wike said that he involved different political parties and professional groups in the committee for the development of the state.
He said: “We took cognizance of various groups in constituting this committee. We are no longer talking party. We are talking about the development of Rivers State.
“We reached out to other political parties. We have Governorship Candidates and party chairmen in this committee “.
He said that the multi-party committee is a concrete step towards the inclusive government that he pledged after his victory at the polls.
“Those who doubt our sincerity that we want everyone to be involved in governance, have seen our commitment. We are not playing politics. We have tried to reach out to everyone “, he said.
The Governor said that the committee members are appointed to serve the state and not for any pecuniary reasons.
He urged them to serve to the best of their abilities, as their performance will determine their future placement in Government.
In his response, Chairman of the Committee and Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Austin Opara said that the performance of the Rivers State Governor is worthy of celebration.
He said that the Rivers State Governor was re-elected by the good people of Rivers State after a long walk to victory.
The Former Federal Lawmaker said that Nigerians and Rivers people will be proud of the high-profile celebrations that the committee will organise to mark the beginning of Nigeria’s best performing Governor.
He commended Governor Wike for living up to his pledge by setting up a committee that transcends religion, politics and ethnicity.