By Godwin Egba, Port Harcourt
Rivers State has for some years witnessed violence but no violent attacks have consumed any of the over 120 companies clustered in Onne in Eleme near Port Harcourt. The man who managed Eleme as a caretaker council boss for three terms, Ollormate Ollor, points to Gov Nyesom Wike as the brain behind the security architecture that has saved Onne and its oil and gas companies and other federal government installations in the zone.
He disclosed in an exclusive interview with BD Sunday that the successful protection of Onne was enough to fetch second tenure to Gov Wike.
The immediate past Care-Taker-Chairman (CTC) boss declared his support for Wike. “Among the sitting governors in Nigeria, Wike is one that urged Nigerians to hold government officials accountable for development, stressing without fear or favour that people should no longer accept excuses from non-performing public officers”, he said.
He continued, “From empirical evidence, the Governor has continued to deliver on the dividends of democracy since his third year in office, noting that his socio-economic and infrastructural development programme is being felt in every nook and cranny in the state”.
The Ex-CTC said that come the year 2019, before anyone campaigns, he must first show what he has done with his present office, pointing out that gone are the days when people listen to politicians with flimsy excuses built on political sophistry and falsehood, stressing that there is no room for excuses anymore.
He attested that the Governor has used his people’s mandate to develop all the Local Government Areas of the state, pointing out that Eleme where he (Ollormate) comes from has enjoyed key projects citing Alesa-Agbonchia-Oyigbo road project among others.
“There is no local government that I cannot walk freely, because I have witnessed laudable road, health, school projects for the rural people as evidence of campaign promises which he (Wike) has continued to fulfill”, Ollormate stated.
He is also in defense of the governor for his financial accountability, attesting that all funds that accrued to the state are published monthly by the Federal Ministry Finance and applied all resources to the development of the state.
Ollormate further noted that the 11.5 kilometers Alesa-Agbonchia-Oyigbo road project would engage about 540 job seekers in the course of the construction, describing the project as a legacy that people in Eleme would remember from generation to generation.
In the area of empowerment, Ollormate stated that even civil servants are not left out as the Wike-led administration has established a special revolving loan scheme for indigent beneficiaries to carter for their financial needs with interest free and without collateral before accessing the funds.
More to the Governor’s credits is the area of security in the state which Ollormate said has received a boost with the creation of neighbourhood watch to complement the conventional federal security Agencies such as the Police and Army among others.
According to him, the security in the state since Wike took the leadership mantle is zero tolerance which informed why businesses and the economy are thriving despite some politicians who are bent on sabotaging the government effort for selfish interest.
“Without peace and security, the investors in the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone with over a hundred multinationals, the Indorama Eleme Petro-chemicals Limited, the Port Harcourt refineries, the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) and host of others would have ran out of the state, therefore Rivers people and Nigerians at large should appreciate the governor’s effort”, Ollormate insisted.
The Onne born politician also cited that as part of its effort to tackle unemployment and encourage the growth of small scale businesses, Port Harcourt united Dynamic Co-Operative investment and creative society, an affiliate member of Nigeria Association of Agriculture, Trade, Industry and Co-operative (NATIC) has partnered Rivers State Government with the opening of its centre in the Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
According to him, the state Commissioner for commerce and industry, a pastor, Nancy Chidi, who commended the initiators of the centre at an opening ceremony recently noted that the idea was targeted at giving hope to the small-scale business owners in the state as it would create jobs and skills to complement the employment drive of Wike-led administration.
Ollormate stated that, “what we politicians and business men and women need to do in the state is to promote participatory governance that would improve the life of people rather than engage in pull-down syndrome which is a clog to the wheel of progress, Rivers State is an investment haven therefore, peace, harmony and general security of lives and property must be sacrosanct”.
The Ex-CTC chairman who sees himself as an astute grass-root politician loyal to Governor Wike and the people’s Democratic Party (PDP) said with God on the throne, Rivers people and Nigerians would experience a hitch-free election come 2019 because there are good and peaceful Nigerians who are for movement for good governance in Rivers State and Nigeria who would vote for credible candidates are Governor Wike.
He urged Nigerians note to vote candidates who have failed integrity test, saying that Nigerians are tired of bad leadership which the nation has been experiencing since independence stressing that when credible leaders begin to govern, their local government councils, states and Federal government, Nigeria will become the most competitive country in Africa and the world at large.