Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has called on privileged Rivers indigenes to invest their resources in the state as a way of developing the state’s economy.
Commissioning ‘Oak Haven Hotels and Suites’ in Port Harcourt in th week, Gov Wike said that Rivers people should form the foundation for investments in the state.
He said: “So many people easily criticise but do nothing for the development of the State. Some make money and invest elsewhere.
“Hon Marcus Nleji has done well. This hotel will create employment and empower the people. It will also generate revenue for the state through taxes”.
He said it is not easy to make money and decide to invest it. He said that Hon Nleji left the political terrain over eight years ago and could still muster resources to invest.
“Those who love their state will take the business risk and invest in the State. Those who don’t love the state will give flimsy excuses and resolve to invest.
“To encourage this new hotel and other businesses on this street, we shall dualise Woji road. Government will patronise this hotel to ensure it succeeds”, he said.
Governor Wike urged the owner of the hotel to allow the management of the hotel to run it professionally. He said that failure to run the hotel professionally would lead to its collapse.
Earlier, chairman of the hotel thanked the Rivers State governor for improving the investment climate of the state through the development of basic infrastructure.
He said prominent Rivers indigenes should prioritise investing in the state before they move to other locations.
He said that through the construction of the hotel, he has created employment for 70 persons. He said the facilities of the hotel were of international standard.