Sustained development for Etche

  • Posted on: 17 April 2017
  • By: editor

By Simeon Nwakaudu

 

 

As at May 29, 2015 when the people of Rivers State rightly expelled the All Progressives Congress  ( APC) from government, the people of Etche Ethnic Nationality were one of the most neglected communities.  They were denied developmental projects, appointments and respect from their own state government.

Due to no fault of theirs, they were degraded to second class citizens  in a state where they served as food basket and also have some of the critical oil producing  communities.

Their situation  was worsened by the fact that Etche APC  leaders rather than clamour for projects, took advantage of the horrible disposition  of the Rivers APC  administration to further rub salt on their open wound. One of the few half-hearted road contracts that was awarded to link Etche people  to the outside world was used as a money spinning venture  for an APC  House of Representatives Candidate for Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency.  That road became  a sad  tale at the time the inglorious  Amaechi administration  ran out of office.

When Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, as PDP  Governorship  Candidate visited Etche for campaigns, he tabled his development blueprint before the people. He explained  to them his strategy  for the revival of the long neglected ethnic Nationality and declared his total commitment to their development.

 

Though betrayed by the Amaechi administration, the people saw the sincerity  of Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and resolved to vote him and the PDP.

The decision by the Etche people to vote for Wike was premised  on the fact that he would transform the area and throw open her  economy.  It was a decision  based on the fact that the governor would stand courageously  with them to promote their Democratic rights.

They believed that Wike would restore the pride and dignity of Etche people, snatched from them by the agents of maladministration, bad governance, marginalisation and misappropriation  as exemplified  by the APC  Government  sacked by the good people of Rivers State.

 

For eight years, the immediate past APC administration in Rivers State neglected the Etche Ethnic Nationality. They were treated as outsiders and denied developmental projects and appointments.  Immediately  Governor Wike won the governorship election, he set in motion the process to develop Etche land.

 

As Governor Wike took over  the  mantle of governance  in Rivers State, he took immediate  steps to liberate  the  people of Etche  and ensure that they enjoyed developmental  projects.

The very first project in the area was the Igwuruta-Chokocho road.  This road that was in a very deplorable  condition  was reconstructed  by a first class contractor.

This was the first connection  that the people of Etche  had with Port Harcourt, after they were completely  cut off  from the State capital.

The construction  of   Igbo Etche  road, another major economic  road in the area has reached an advanced stage.  Motorists  are already enjoying  the road.

The  Chokocho-Umuechiem-Ozubu-Elele road and the   Ulakwo II-Afara-Nihi road being constructed  by the Rivers State Government  have reached  varying  stages of completion.

In the area of health, Governor Wike  is reconstructing the Zonal General Hospital, Okehi – Etche. This health facility  will provide both secondary and tertiary healthcare to the people of the area.

 

Some of the Doctors and medical personnel  being recruited by the Rivers State Government will be posted to this Zonal General Hospital.  It will serve Etche , Omuma and adjoining communities.

The Wike era has become  the period of sustained development  for Etche. The people are gaining  lost ground in the development arena. They are regaining their sense of inclusion  and they have seen the benefits  of  supporting a pro-people  leader.

 

In recognition of his exemplary  efforts in projects delivery for the Etche Ethnic Nationality,  clerics and laity of the  Anglican Diocese of Etche in Rivers State conferred on Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike the distinguished award for "Outstanding Leadership ".

Conferring  the Award for Outstanding Leadership on Governor Wike  during the Second Session of Third Synod of the Anglican Dioscese of Etche on Sunday April 9, 2017 , Anglican Bishop of Etche Diocese, Rt Reverend Okechukwu Nwala said that the people of Etche Ethnic Nationality are appreciative of the creation of access to their communities by the Wike administration.

He said that  the Etche people  remember  that at the time Governor Wike  took over the mantle of leadership, Etche roads were death traps and Etche Ethnic Nationality cut off from the  rest of Rivers State.

The Anglican  Bishop of  Etche Diocese declared  that aside roads across Etche land, Governor Wike  has ensured  that the Etche people were appointed  as Vice Chancellor, High Court Judge, Permanent Secretaries and Special Advisers.

Responding, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike assured the people of Etche Ethnic Nationality that they will always be factored in the development agenda of his administration.

He said Etche people  deserve development because of their support. Track him assure them of further development)

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike announced that his administration  will  construct the second phase of Egbu-Etche road.

He assured   that he will complete the Egbu-Etche road and let him list other projects.

He said his commitment  to  the development of Etche  land is as a result of his resolve  to ensure  that  the once neglected  community  enjoys development  like other areas.

He assured repented  militants and cultists from Etche Ethnic Nationality that his administration  will continue to implement programmes that will  empower them.

While advising youths to shun acts of criminality, Governor Wike offered  scholarship  to two repented militants presented to him by the Anglican Bishop of Etche Dioscese.

Member Representing Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, High Chief Jerome Eke  during a thank you  rally at Okehi declared that the Etche people  will always stand by Governor Wike for his magnanimous disposition  towards the area.

He noted that the numerous projects  and appointments  extended to the Etche Ethnic Nationality by the governor showed his love for the development  of  the area.

Rt. Hon  Kelechi Nwogu, Member Representing Omuma State Constituency said that the Etche people  are happy that they voted a governor  who is committed to rebuilding Etche land. He said the people of the area will remain grateful  that the governor lived up to his campaign  promises.

PDP Chieftain  from Etche, Prince Emma Anyanwu, assured that the people of Etche will always wholeheartedly  support Governor Wike.  He said that the developmental projects  executed  in the area are testimonies of the fact that the Etche people  were right in voting Governor Wike.

Governor Wike  has used development projects  to change  the  perception  of  people about government. He has proven that despite the scarce resources, a government can still keep her promises. Little wonder Etche people are solidly in support of Governor Wike.