It was a fanfare in Port Harcourt as Governor Nyesom Wike officially takes oath of office as governor of Rivers state for another four-year term.
Governor Wike, who was re-elected during the 2019 governorship election, was sworn-in into office on Wednesday, May 29, alongside his deputy, Ipalibo Harry Banigo.
Legit.ng gathers that the epoch-making event was held at Yakubu Gowon stadium and administered by the state chief judge, Justice Adama Iyaye-Laminkar, amid legion of jubilant crowd.
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Speaking immediately after taking the mantle of Rivers leadership for the second term, Wike promised that he will always place ''Rivers state first in all his actions.''
According to him, his second term will be built on the interest of the people of the state. He, however, added that the freedom of the state will not be surrendered to "anybody whether internal or external."
He said: "For us, in all things it is Rivers State first; Rivers State is the measure; Rivers State before others. This is the essence of the political mandate and burden that we will bear for the next four years and we will not disappoint you.
"We will continue to stand up for Rivers State and defend her interest, no matter the challenges or what comes at us.
" We are not a conquered people and we will never surrender our freedoms to any body or entity, whether internal or external.
''We will therefore not accept to be subjugated to a headmaster and pupil power relationship; neither will we abandon the collective interest of Rivers State for the sake of political expediency.
"We are for the rule of law, democracy and mutual respect as autonomous State entities and co-building blocks of the Nigerian federation".
Governor Wike thanked the good people of Rivers, especially the voters, for their trust and support that led to the mandate to serve the state for another four years.
He thanked leaders of the state, political leaders, traditional Rulers, the clergy, women and youth groups for their unwavering support.
He said: "For us, everyone counts and we must not allow ourselves to be divided between upland and riverine considerations but strive for common grounds, solidarity and work together towards achieving our common goals and aspirations.
"Our refrain at this time, and especially in the face of the social and economic uncertainties in our nation, should be: ask what you can do for Rivers State instead of what Rivers State can do for you.
"The future of our State depends on us. It is up to us to renew, re-energize, and advance the Rivers dream, to fight for what belongs to us, and to defend our right to exist in freedom, security and peace in our own nation.
''And if we do cooperate, think and act among ourselves with tenacity and unity of strength, purpose and commitment, then there is no mountain we cannot level; no river we cannot cross, and no goal we set for ourselves that we cannot achieve."
On the second term agenda, Wike said his government will consolidate on his first term achievements in order to improve the state economy and ethical security value system.
He said: "Our economy is great but it should be greater and made more beneficial to all. And so we will continue to grow our economy, expand our tax base, provide a friendly business environment and attract foreign and local investments to create more jobs and empower our people.
"We will continue on the economic trajectory of fiscal discipline, prudence, prioritization of capital projects over recurrent and giving value for money spent in the delivery of services.
"We know we are developing, but it’s better and more result-oriented if approached in an organized and strategic form.
''We will therefore adopt a holistic approach to development by partnering with relevant national and international agencies and expertise to initiate and implement a 25-years Marshall Plan for economic transformation and development to guide and accelerate the future development of our state".
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has been sworn in as the 4th elected executive governor of Gombe state.
There were heavy security presence pervaded the area within and around the Pantami Stadium in Gombe on Wednesday as preparations heightened, ahead of the swearing-in of Inuwa Yahaya as the fourth democratically elected governor of Gombe state.
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