The Woji-Elelenwo Dual Carriageway and Bridge was commissioned by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara. He was overwhelmed by what he saw. His joy was written on his face. The relevance of the project transcended party politics.
He saw first the hard work of a leader committed to the welfare of Rivers people. This spurred Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara to make very profound declarations.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara described the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike as a refiner’s fire and a fullers’ soap, who has diligently transformed Rivers State.
He said: “This governor is a consummation of excellence. He is a representative of a refiner’s fire and a fullers soap. A refiner’s fire separates impurities from the gold and leaves the gold intact .
“Refiner’s fire brings out the best. A fullers soup removes dirts and leaves the cloth sparkling clean. I am exceedingly proud of what Governor Wike has done “
He congratulated the people of Rivers State for the luck of having Governor Wike who is thriving in excellence.
The Speaker noted that though he belongs to the APC, as a parliamentarian, the entire country is his constituency. He noted that only tribalists are restricted to their tribes and political parties.
According to him, democracy has no place for tribalists, because they don’t value performance.
“I wonder why someone will look at this project and say nothing exists. If that is the case, the person is a tribalist. As citizens, we celebrate excellence and we must celebrate Governor Wike”, the Speaker said.
He said that in some other states, projects of the nature of Woji-Elelenwo Dual Carriageway would be celebrated for weeks.
At the commissioning ceremony, Governor Wike explained why he invited the Speaker of the House of Representatives to commission this massive project.
“I don’t want to invite my party person to commission this project. If I do, they will say I am playing tricks. That is why I invited a leader from another party to commission it. We are committed to the welfare of Rivers people “, he said.
The Former Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi deserves our heartfelt sympathy. He set the stage for Wike to fail, but Wike jettisoned failure and is now Nigeria’s best performing governor.
He is in deep national crisis because the performance of Governor Wike is in the public domain. The appreciation is genuine and the state-wide acceptance is unprecedented.
In the face of national failure, Governor Wike has established a template for success and good governance. He has reached out the 23 Local Government Areas of Rivers State without discrimination and continues to develop projects in hitherto neglected communities.
From Ikwerreland to Ekpeye-land through to Kalabari communities down to Ijaw, Etche, Ibani, Abua-Odual, Ndoki, Okrika, Andoni, Ogoni and others, no ethnic nationality in the state has been abandoned.
That was why Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike during the flag off of Kira-Nonwa-Barayira-Sime-Eteo Road in Tai Local Government Area boldly declared:
“This is just three years and we have reached the 23 Local Government Areas. Let anyone come from any local government area , come forward to say that we have not executed project in his council.”
Rather than dwell on daily lamentations on the overwhelming success of Governor Wike, Amaechi should be honourable enough to apologise to Rivers people for stealing their resources to sponsor the worst Federal Government since the nation gained independence.