Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers, on Saturday, said that Southern governors’ irrevocable decision on open grazing and others issues must be respected.
NAN reports that the Forum of Southern Governors in one voice, recently announced a ban on open grazing in all the 17 Southern states.
Wike stated this during a grand reception held in his honour by Ogoni nationality in Bori, headquarters of Khana Local Government Area.
He said those opposed to resolutions taken by Southern governors in Asaba, Delta State, should realise that no section of the country is inferior to others.
The governor declared that he has taken further steps to fulfill the resolutions reached by Southern governors in Asaba.
“We have taken a position and no going back. Enough is enough. We are not second class citizens of this country. We also own this country”.
Rivers governor not impressed with slow pace of the Ogoni environmental remediation, charged the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), which is saddled with the responsibility of the cleanup of polluted sites in Ogoni, to relocate its operational office from Port Harcourt to Bori, the traditional headquarters of the Ogoni people.
“You cannot talk of cleaning up a place and keep your office in another area. Bring your office from Port Harcourt and come and stay in Bori, so that you can hear and appreciate the feelings of the people”.
Governor Wike recalled that when he launched his quest to govern Rivers State in 2014, he received tremendous support from Ogoni nationality. And in appreciation, his administration has graciously fulfilled the promise to dualise the Saakpenwa-Bori-Kono Road and has gone further awarded contract for the phase two of the project from Bori to Kono valued at N14 billion.
He tasked his Commissioner for Power and the incoming chairman of Khana Local Government Area (LGA) to ensure the electrification of all communities in the council that are not connected to the national grid within the next five months.
Governor Wike noted that Ogoni is an important integral part of the State and Nigeria, and urged their leaders and incoming chairmen of Khana, Gokana, Tai and Eleme LGAs to initiate and implement projects that will enhance the wellbeing of their people to fight against the menace of cultism and other related acts of criminality.
Wike, who was conferred with the title: Mene Kwalenu I of Ogoni (a benevolent king) by King George Giniwa, the President of the Supreme Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers, assured that his administration will continue to ensure even development of every part of the State.
Mr Emmanuel Deeyah, the President of Kagote, said the reception was organized in honour of the Governor for the unprecedented infrastructural developments witnessed in Ogoni land and other parts of the state since he assumed office. “In this light, we respectfully place on record our gratitude for the various appointments and elective offices that have come to our sons and daughters through your singular effort, and several infrastructural development programs and projects that you have executed in our Local Government Areas, both completed and some ongoing are scattered all over the place,” he said.
Smilarly, Senator Magnus Abe, lauded the governor for improving infrastructure in Ogoni land.
Former president of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Ledum Mitee, said Ogoni people will remain eternally grateful to Governor Wike for his developmental strides in Ogoni.
Mitee explained that during his reign as MOSOP president, he had appealed to all past Rivers State governors to dualise the Saakpenwa-Bori-Kono Road but none, except Governor Wike harkened to him and other Ogoni leaders.
Present at the event were Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, Senator Barry Mpigi, Dumnamene Dekor, the Speaker Rivers State House of Assembly, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, and leaders of the Ogoni nationality.