Rivers State Golden Jubilee Logo

Rivers State will be 50 years on the 27th of May 2017. The State was created on the 27th of May 1967 by the administration of General Yakubu Gowon. The present administration of the state under Barrister Nyesom Wike as Governor is not leaving any stone unturned in ensuring that the golden jubilee celebration is a memorable one.

Preparations had already started a year ago when the importance of this year’s celebration was emphasized and modalities put in place to guide the festivities.As the present year of celebration commences and keep ticking towards the d day the momentum is already very high.

Governor Wike and wife Launching The Rivers State golden Jubilee Logo.

In February of this year, the Governor had set up anniversary committee headed by Chief Ferdinand Alabraba and co- chair with Chief O.C.J Okocha, former Nigerian Bar Association President to plan, coordinate and execute the event. The event proper is a month long celebration scheduled for May 1st to 31st 2017.

Also In February, Governor Wike had the honour of unveiling the Golden Jubilee Logo for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the State creation. While unveiling the logo the governor promised to execute a number of landmark projects throughout 2017 to mark the golden jubilee. He also promised to enhance the economic independence as well as improve access to peace, unity, and prosperity of the state.

In the spirit of the upcoming celebration Governor Wike, last year granted amnesty to thousands of repentant militants who surrendered their dangerous weapon and renounced violence and cult in exchange for rehabilitation and empowerment by the state government.  In a positive response to this gesture scores of hardened criminals in various local government areas of the State laid down their weapons to the surprise of many.

The golden anniversary momentum is increasing with the planned launching of a 50-year development plan as part of events marking the 50th-anniversary celebration of the creation of the State. This was revealed by Chief O.C .J Okocha, the alternate chairman of the anniversary celebration committee, who disclosed this during a press briefing in Port Harcourt last Wednesday.

Chief Okocha disclosed that the said strategic development plan will set agenda for the economic transformation of the State in the next 50 years. He called on every Rivers State indigene both at home and in the diaspora to participate in moving the State forward.

Okocha also called on the corporate organisations and investors in the State to partner with the Rivers State government in developing the state. He again invited them to partake in the celebration of the State’s golden birthday.

Chief Okocha (SAN) disabused the minds of critics on the financial burden of the celebration of the State lean resources revealing that it will have no cost implication on the State as it is being sponsored and supported by the private sector.

Throwing more light on the sources of funds for the massive celebration planned for the State during the fiesta. Chief Okocha stated that N1.5 billion is being budgeted for the event out of which over N1billion has already been raised by the committee from various private sector donations and partnerships.

It is recalled that the celebration committee had a fundraising ceremony in the month of February which was chair by the Managing Director of Access Bank of Nigeria Plc Mr. Herbert Wigwe.  During the occasion over N1billion was said to have been raised at the Occasion.

Rivers State since it was created 50 years ago has witnessed modest development in both economic and physical development.  The State has gone through both military and civilian government and has seen its glory days and worst years. The present Governor thank God, has been around the State for a while and so understands its problems and challenges. He is set up by destiny to chart a positive course for its growth and prosperity. There could be no better time to rekindle this vision than in this year of its golden year birthday celebration.