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ELECTION CAMPAIGN PROMISES: GOV. WIKE RESTORES ELECTORATE’S CONFIDENCE

Promise, in the context of this write-up, could be said to be an offer of inducement by the seeking party to the other party soliciting cooperation and assistance in a deal.

Promise, in the context of this write-up, could be said to be an offer of inducement by the seeking party to the other party soliciting cooperation and assistance in a deal.

It is subject to fulfillment  and  it is'' said to  be fulfilled  when  executed  within  a specific period of time.

 Everybody makes promise at one time or other. The challenges of life make it so. How much it is fulfilled is a function of sincerity propelled by Integrity. Above all, it is a single most-challenging tool of life that makes or mars goodwill.

A  fulfilled  promise  promotes  trust,  confidence,  cooperation,  love,  etc.  It also creates goodwill and presents the promiser in the light of sincerity,

Since   independence, successive   political   leaders., at   all   levels,   had   made electioneering  campaign  promises in their parties' manifestoes to the masses of this   nation   but  these   promises   are   hardly  fulfilled   either   by  omission   or commission (only God knows). The negative impact of this non fulfillment by the unpatriotic leaders need not be over emphasized.

Nevertheless, the nation in many decades has suffered incalculable losses due to non fulfillment of these promises. Trillions  of naira have been lost to incessant labour  strikes  Several  lives  lost  to  incessant  medical  workers  strikes.  Many citizens languished  and  died  in prison custodies  awaiting trials,  etc. all due to industrial actions from non fulfillment of governments promises to the people.

Unfortunately,  this  level  of  political  consciousness  continue  unabated  and the cumulative  sad effect is that the electorates'  confidence  and national patriotism completely  killed  living  in  place  a  nation  where  the  citizenry  runs  berserk for sustenance with no regard to law and national interest.

This  provokes  intimidating  crimes,  corruption  in work  places,  looting  of  public funds, tax evasion,  poor attitude to work, careless  use of corporate  properties, 'tapping'/conversion     of public properties to private use, low national productivity, violence,  heightened  agitation  for  self  determination  and  sustained  threat  to national unity. And so a super-rich nation like Nigeria becomes a beggar in the comity of averagely rich nations due to the callous and unpatriotic actions of an infinitesimal fraction  of opportuned  citizens as power-brokers,  who turn  money­ bags over night and frustrate the golden growth of a blessed nation.

Fortunately, this crop of political leaders appear to be on fast decline as indicated by unfolding events.

Nevertheless, no matter  the grave frustrations   of the citizens  in the hands  of these ever-disappointing, leaders, there   are   service or  people-oriented     leader   the masses  ever  hope  for. And events in recent times indicate  that the era of this  is in the offing.  A generation of people or service  oriented leadership.

In 2015 when the then Supervisory Minster of Education, Hon. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  emerged  as contender  to the office of the State Governor  in the general election  of the  year,  little or nothing  did anybody  know that  a service-oriented leader was in the offing.

His campaign train trailed the cities and towns of Rivers State soliciting their mandates.  He made promises.  He noted the resentment of the people with promises. They had enough of it with not much to write home about vis-a-vis the huge revenues accruing to the state.  He also noted the voters apathy of the people as antecedences indicate that voting of one's candidates no longer count in the country.

As he trailed on, he kept assuring the people that their votes would count this time around, and that none of his promises would remain unfulfilled. This sounded the usual empty shell thing to the fade-up people of the state with promises.

However, he was given the mandate but the people least expected the fulfillment of his promises. After all, Nigerians are immune to non fulfillment of election promises by political leaders ever.  But true that “wonders shall never end", the attendees at the swearing-in ceremony of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on 29th may, 2015 did  not reach their  homes when the sound of caterpillars  on many hitherto  terribly   bad  roads   in  Port  Harcourt  City  Local  Government  Area, Obio/Akpor LGA and the environs rented the air. Road construction works started in earnest. A feat quite unprecedented anywhere on the swearing-in day, thus manifesting a service oriented consciousness with a fast and pragmatic approach to governance delivery. The awe-struck rivers people were ushered into a dawn of unprecedented    developmental trajectory so greatly evidenced today. Since-then it has been achievable people - oriented projects/programmes galore.

Aware of infrastructural development as key to the growth of a developing nation, spurred by burning desire and determination to transform the state; and conscious of his election promises and time of delivery to limit the  people's expectations, he traverses the state like epidemic planting development projects here and there.

His  "Operation  No  Potholes"  on  Rivers  roads  soon  turned  all  the  23  local government  areas  of  the  state  to  construction  sites  on  even  spread  of  road construction and transformation. And just in less than two year in office the people of  the  state  began  to  witness,  in  amazement  and  excitement, a massively revolutionized construction and transformation  of strategic/internal  roads in the state that immediately earned  him the befitting title MR. PROJECT and prompted the Royal Fathers of the state   to say "Your Excellency, your  Traditional Rulers are  very proud  of your  achievements  in  less  than. two years  in  office"  in the Traditional  Rulers  Council  meeting with Governor Wike  on so" January, 2017. Paul M. Pepple 2018, "KING JAJA 76th Birth Oay ed."

This   even   spread   of   road   infrastructural   development/transformation    soon impacted positively on all the 23 local government area of the  State as evidenced in  the  great  improvement   in  transportation   and  communication,   increase  in residents  population,  improvement  in  biz  and  social  lives  of  the  people  and translating  in the potential rise in the economy of the communities and the state. And  within  3  years  in  office  Governor  Wike  undeniably,  transforms  the  state thorough massive infrastructural and other sector development to the appreciation of the good-loving people of the state and beyond. "We  can  attest  without  fear  of contradiction          that there  is no local  government   your  people  oriented  projects  have not  touched".  The custodians  of culture and tradition of the state, in their Rivers State Traditional  Rulers Council meeting with Governor on 29th May 2018 again vouched. Paul M. Pepple 2018, "KING JAJA  76th  Birth Day ed."

Since Governor Nyesom Wike got the mandate of the people and resumed office on May 29, 2015,  he has been traversing the state like harmatan fire, planting development       projects  here  and  there  assuring  the  people  that  his  election campaign promises and all projects of his administration,  including uncompleted project(s) of the immediate past administration with immediate positive economic impact  to  the  people  would  be  completed  within  his  tenure.  His myriad of completed  strategies/internal  road infrastructure and other sectors achievement, in so short a time, prove to the people that he is not a political leader of 'mean standing as noted by all and sundry. "We are grateful to you and your  government for  even  spread   of  road  project   throughout   the  state.   We  note  that  majority   of these  projects   which  are  keys  to further  development   of  the  state...   This is one example   of people   oriented   projects   by  your  government  ...  to affect  the  lives  of ordinary  citizens  of  this  state",  The Traditional Rulers Council appreciated this in its council  meeting with  Governor  Wike  on so" January 2017. Paul  M.  Pepple 2018 "KING JAJA,  76th  Birth  Day Ed".

Gov. Wike's pragmatic and equitable approach to governance delivery, an entirely new definition of governance has led to the awesome and all round achievements just in the first three years of his administration.  And this is undisputable.  "We affirm   that   there is hardly   any   sector   of our   economy    you   have   not   made appreciative   impact on". The Traditional Rulers Council of the state again attest to this in council's meeting with Gov. Wike on May 29th  2018. Paul  M. Pepple  2018 “King Jaja,  76th  Birth  Day Ed".

To enumerate  Gov. Wike's  achievements within three and a half years  in office would require a great space. But this is unnecessary since they are so obvious. For what the eyes see needs no witness. Nevertheless, a scratch is imperative here.

Gov. Wike has  made  impressive  impact on  road,  Education,  Health,  Housing, Employment, Empowerment, Social Welfare, etc.

A trip from Trans Amadi to Borokiri, Akpajo to Rumuolumeni, Oroigwe to Opobo, Saapenwa  to Abonema,  Omoku  to  Omuma,  Andoni  to  Ndoni,  Ogu/Obolo  to Khana, etc. would petrify the sojourner on network of  strategic and internal road infrastructural achievement of Gov. Wike's administration.

His policy   on education    has constructed    and transformed    many   schools   from basic to tertiary institutions   across the state.  Employed  and trained  a good  number of teachers,   rebuilt  upgraded   and  equipped   many  schools  across  the  state,  many internal/International     scholarship   programmes   for Rivers  State students,  etc.

Health  sector  has  witness   the  construction   and  reconstruction    of  many  hospitals and  health  centres   across  the  state,  equipped   and  upgrade  many  hospital/health centres,  training  of medical  personnels   in the  state,  construction   and equipment   of ultra modern  doctors'  quarters,  etc.

Employment    policy   has   owned   the   ICT  based   job   creation    platform   for  job seekers,    creation    of   Neighborhood Safety corps,  many,   skill acquisition/employment     programmes,   empowerment   of widows,  traders,  young entrepreneurs,    youths,  women,   civil  servants,   numerous  job  creations   across  the state, etc.

Housing   policy    owns the construction   of ultra modern   NBA secretariat,   Federal High Court/National     Industrial   Court   in Port Harcourt.   Ultra  modern   Traditional Rulers  Council  Secretariat,   ultra  modern  NLC  secretariat   in D/Line,  Port Harcourt, ultra  modern   Mile  1  market   destroyed    by  the   many  years   ago,  completion   of Rurnuokoro ultra  modern   Market,  construction   of  Port  Harcourt   Fruit  market  just destroyed        by  fire  few  months   ago,  50  units  low  cost  houses   at  Iriebe,  50  one­ bedroom  flats  for  DSS,  25 units  2bedrroom   flats for  NAF,  20 five  bedroom  flats for state   judges,    24  three   bedroom    flats   for   civil   servants,    50    local   houses   in Ogu/Obolo,   numerous   main  markets  across  the  state,  construction   of ecumenical centre  for religious  worship,  flyovers,  etc.

Social   welfare   policy   reconstructed    and equipped   the Port   Harcourt   Pleasure Park and many civic centres across the state.  The list goes on.

Gov. Wike's amazing   achievements     in so short   a time   attract   appreciation/recognition from within and outside the state and country.  "Your achievements   are legion and for want of space we cannot enumerate   all of them in this address.  But suffice it to say you have done us proud.   For  the  achievement    and  the  level  of development   in every  sector  of our   economy,   we shall jointly  and  severally  move a vote of confidence   in you and your  government".   The  Traditional   Rulers  Council of the  state  declared   in council  meeting  with  Gov. Wike   on 29th   May   2018,  "Paul M. Pepple  2018  "King Jaja,  76th  Birth  Day Ed".

The people   of the state   praise   and wish him greater   strength.   The Traditional Rulers  of   the    state    extol    and    honour    him,   the    media    and    international organizations            commend   and recognize   him with various accolades.   The  different religious  fathers   praise  and  bless  him  for  amazing   performance   within  just  three years  of governance.

Yes   leaders   had   performed.  But  not  on  record   with   such   level   of  rapid   and equitable distribution of  development  in  all the  23  local  government  area  of the state  in just  3 years  in office  to the wide  appreciation   and commendation    of all and sundry  in and  beyond  the state/nation.

This  is the  unique  and awesome   aspect  of Gov. Wike's  performance   as he seems to  be  driving   these   all  sector  developments    in  a truck  dropping   them  here  and there  wherever   he goes  within  this  short  period.

It is  pertinent   to  state  here  that  a service   or  people  oriented   leader  enjoys  the confidence,   cooperation,    trust  and  support   of their  followers.   This is evidence   in the   overwhelming     support   to   Gov.   Wike   in the   incidental    re-run   election   of December   2015,   six months   after he resumed   office.   Impressed   with the  good start,  a  pointer   that  Gov.  Wike   could   be  the  expected   service   oriented   leader, abundantly   justified   today,   the  electorates    of  the  state  stood   steadfastly   by  to revalidate   the  collective   mandate   given  him  in the  governorship    election   earlier that   year.   And   Gov.   Nyezom   Wike   was   returned   to office   with   overwhelming victory.

Also  the  rapid  reaction   of Rivers  people  against  any  issue  from  outside  the  state that  tends  to  present  the  Gov.  in bad  light,  and  the  volume   of  impressive   social media            testimonies     to    Gov.    Wike's     performance    eloquently   attest    to   this appreciative           angle.  Gov. Wike enjoys  this vanguard  till today.

As  his campaign   train,  trails  the  towns  and  cities  of  Rivers  State  again,  this  time around,   it  would   simply   be  the   pointing,   boldly   and   proudly,   to  the  numerous evidences   of his governance   delivery  in one single  turn,  a unique  one at that.

And  if one  good  turn  deserves   another,   in-deed  it does.  And  whereas   the  Rivers people,   in  appreciation,    have  called   on  him  to  take   another   turn,   and  he  has ungrudgingly         accepted,   which  of  course  he  should  for  sustainable   development. And  whereas   Gov.  Wike   has  been  tested,   proved,   believed   and  trusted   as  the service  or people  oriented   leader.  And  whereas  the  Rivers  people  again  are in the spirit  of  2015  goveronorship    election   and  the  December   2015  incidental   re-run election,  therefore,   it strongly   holds  that  only  the  MOTHER   OF  MIRACLES   could stop  Gov. Wike  from  continuing   his job  of state  transformation    after  2019  general elections.

Infact,  no accomplished    leader  the  world  over  ever  hosted  the  citizens  to dinners to be so acclaimed.   The  infrastructural   developments    and  well  articulated   people oriented  policies  on corporate  welfare  programmes   remain  the measurement.

Governor     Nyesom    Ezenwo    Wike,    the    Harmatan    fire   of   development     and electorates   friendly,   has  performed   beyond   his  election   campaign   promises   and restores  the electorates   confidence.   Undoubtedly,   he is an accomplished   leader.  His well  articulated    policies   on  people   oriented   programmes    prove  that  he  is  not  a leader   by  accident    but   by  strong   predetermination,     anchored    on  vision   and passion  to manifest  a new Rivers  State.  Ride on Sir.