Governor Wike of Rivers State.
Barrister Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State is working and it is confirmed. The confirmation is coming from a neutral and non-partisan body, the United Nations Organisation UNO. The confirmation is a show of recognition for an award to be bestowed on him come the 31st of October, 2017 in New-york, USA. The award is the United Nation Sustainable Development Goal Award and is titled “Global Human Settlements Outstanding Contribution Award”.
While choosing Governor Wike over many other contenders, the United Nations in a letter of award to Wike stated in part “this award is for the governor’s investments in the development of human renewal programmes, Housings, and projects that improve the living conditions of the less privileged persons”
The letter also asserted that “Wike is being recognized for his great commitment and contribution to sustainable cities in rivers state. For developing infrastructures in settlements in different parts of the state and ensuring that people have access to basic amenities”
Iriebe Hosing Estate
It is established that the governor did not just stumble on the award as his activities since he came into office has attracted the United Nation’s interest which has now led to the award. Among the laudable projects which have endeared him to the mind of the rivers people is the establishment of low and medium income housing estates across the state as well as executing large-scale land reclamation in swampy areas of the state.
Among the housing estates that have impacted on the lives of the people are Iriebe Medium Housing Estates, Rivers Quarters at the NNS Pathfinder, Quarters for junior staff of the DSS. The Governor is credited with providing enabling environment to support massive private estates development in different part of the state. Apart from housing estates, the governor has also undertaken land reclamation/sand filling at various places such as Asari-Toru, Degema, Akuku-Toru and Port Harcourt Local Government Area of the State.
The Impactful urban renewal development of governor Wike has endeared him to the heart of his people especially those who have been affected positively by his numerous projects. These projects have singled him out as a performing governor and one of the beacons of light in the Niger Delta region.
Prior to the United Nations award, Wike has been honoured and awarded with many prestigious awards among which are” The Sun Governor of the Year Award” an award given to distinguished Nigerians by the Sun Newspapers. Following in the footsteps of the Sun Newspapers, Wike has also bagged similar awards from the Independent and Authority Newspapers respectively.
Wike while acknowledging these awards has consistently said such awards will motivate him to do more for rivers state. It is therefore not surprising that he is stepping up from national prominence and recognition to becoming a global ambassador.