By Okafor Ofiebor
“Honourable Minister, when you go back, inform Mr President that the people of Rivers State are not happy with the high level of marginalisation. Rivers State should benefit from projects like other states of the Federation”, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, told two visiting federal ministers on Wednesday.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, and the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, were at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday to pay a courtesy visit to Governor Wike.
“Leadership is not party affair. Leadership is about the people. It is about development. For now, governance is what our people require.
“We should relegate politics to the background. Political parties as vehicles take us to a certain point for us to disembark and face governance”, the governor lectured his guests, adding that rather than politicise the development process, focus should be on how to move Nigeria forward.
He also warned against any attempt to run a one-party state.
“We cannot run a one-party State. If we do that, the country will collapse. You cannot take every state. It is not possible “, he said.
Governor Wike said that even though he wished that President Muhammadu Buhari lost the last General Election, immediately the court pronounced him winner, he was left with no option but to congratulate him.
The Governor advocated the promotion of Girl-Child Education. He said that during his days as a Minister of State for Education, he advanced the ideals of Girl-Child Education.
In his remarks, Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu commended the Rivers State Governor for his dedication to the development of Education. He also praised the Governor for supporting the hosting of the National Council on Education.
He thanked the Rivers State Governor for his total support for the sustenance of Federal Government agencies operating in Rivers State.
He said that the Rivers State Governor left indelible marks at the Federal Ministry of Education, which the current management has struggled unsuccessfully to surpass.
He praised Governor Wike’s brand of politics, which is devoid of bitterness. He specifically lauded the Governor for congratulating the President on his victory and also being on ground to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari when he returned from a medical leave.
“You play politics with fairness and without bitterness “, he said.