In recognition of his support for the growth of Christianity and the development of Etche land, Clerics and Laity of Anglican Diocese of Etche on Saturday conferred on Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, the Nehemiah Award.
The Anglican Diocese of Etche also conferred on the wife of the Rivers State Governor, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike, "the Queen Esther award".
Speaking during a Special Service of the Church in Etche on Saturday , Anglican Bishop of Etche Diocese, Rt Reverend Okechukwu Nwala said the contribution of the Rivers State Governor to the construction of the church's cathedral is a positive investment in the spiritual life of the people.
He said that all the key projects of the administration in Etche Land have changed the economic fortunes of the people.
Bishop Nwala called on Etche people to maintain their support for Governor Wike, so that he can continue to invest in their welfare.
He said: "Governor Wike has shown immense love for Etche people. He is the first governor to attend our synod. After 10 years of our struggle to build a cathedral, Governor Wike intervened.
"He is the first Governor to declare that Etche has been neglected. And he has taken steps to address the neglect. All over Etche land there are several projects executed by Governor Wike. If we want more of this love, we must support Governor Wike to remain as Chief Executive beyond 2019".
The clerics of Anglican Diocese of Etche in unison prayed for Governor Wike, his re-election and safety during his campaign.
Responding, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike assured Etche people that he will continue to deliver key projects to transform Etche land.
He stated that his administration will remain supportive of the Church in Etche Land and across Rivers State because Rivers is a Christian state.
Governor Wike urged Etche people to ensure a new leadership emerges through the victory of PDP's Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar who will execute key projects in Rivers State.
He said: "As Etche people, you have the responsibility of ensuring the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as President. This is the way that our economy can improve and the people will enjoy a worthwhile life. Atiku Abubakar will end this era of suffering. You must use your permanent voter's cards to vote all PDP candidates for the betterment of the country.
"During the election, make the sacrifice of coming out in your numbers to vote for PDP candidates. This is a sacrifice you must make for the good of the state".
Highpoint of the occasion was the presentation of the Nehemiah Award to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike by the President-General of Ogbakor Etche, Sir Machy Nwodim on behalf of the Anglican Diocese of Etche.