Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that his administration will carry out massive investments in 2018 across the state.
In his New Year message yesterday, the governor, said priorities would be placed on infrastructure, access to education and training.
He also stated that qualitative healthcare and creation of economic opportunities are among the areas of serious concern in the new year.
“To this end, massive investments in infrastructure, access to education and training, qualitative healthcare and the creation of economic opportunities will remain some of our key priorities.
“For us, 2018 will also be another year without break in the execution of development projects. We will intensify our efforts and continue on the path to fulfilling all our campaign promises in all respects.
“In doing so, no part of the state will be left behind just as we shall also ensure every person is carried along on our way to building a sustainable prosperity for us and our children.”
Wike, who noted that 2017 was too challenging to the state government, added that notwithstanding remarkable achievements were also recorded.
“Although 2017 has been a difficult year, we still have reasons to thank God and look forward with renewed hopes for a better new year.
“In spite of the difficulties and challenges of 2017, we still recorded some memorable events and achievements as a people.
“We peacefully and collectively marked the 50th anniversary of the creation of our state and, in doing so, cherished the memory of our founding fathers, celebrated our fabulous heritage, took stock of our progress and set our compass for the future.
“We successfully restored our broken economy and put it on a sustainable growth path and regeneration. We have also enhanced our tourism and recreational potential with the building of the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park,” the governor said. According to him, the state worked to secure and sustain the peace, safety and security of lives and property.
“We have also strengthened the bounds of unity with the promotion of inclusive governance, social justice and accommodation.
“It is important to reiterate with gratitude that these achievements are as a result of the support and cooperation you gave to us in the last one year. Together, we have worked hard towards realising our vision for a truly peaceful, secured and prosperous Rivers.
“Although our challenges are great and aggravated by the prevailing economic hardship in our country, I urge you to keep hope alive and embrace the new year with courage and unity of purpose to overcome our adversaries and reap the harvest of hard work, determination and success.
“Let us, therefore, continue to demonstrate the values of hard work, patriotism and integrity and strengthen our commitment to building a just, accountable and inclusive society of our dreams where no one is left behind,” he said.
Meanwhile, the governor’s wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette, has declared that God will establish the state for the best in the new year.
The governor’s wife, who visited Baby Precious Nweke at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital and Baby Olotoruwa Oluwatosin at the Police Medical Clinic, said: “Governor Wike has described the year 2018 as our year of jubilation. Rivers State is going to be jubilant this year. The jubilation will be more than that of last year.
“We are looking forward to a fruitful year. This is a year that God will establish Rivers State for the best. It will get better in years to come.”
She advised Rivers children to respect their parents, as this is a Biblical commandment that comes with blessings.
Justice Nyesom-Wike, who led top government officials and wives of commissioners to show them love to the New Year Babies, said the babies are Rivers children despite the state of origin of their parents