Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on Rivers people to use the Yuletide Season to promote unity and reconciliation.
Governor Wike said that his administration practically promoted reconciliation and unity after the last general elections by withdrawing murder charges preferred against some politicians on the other political divide.
Governor Wike spoke on Thursday during the 20th Ikwerre National Day of Thanksgiving 2019 at the State Ecumenical Centre, Port Harcourt where he was represented by his Chief of Staff, Engr Chukwuemeka Woke.
He said: "I call on all Rivers people people to work towards unity and reconciliation this Christmas season. In Unity, we will advance the frontier of development of our state.
"As a Government, we have started promoting reconciliation to foster unity. Shortly after the 2019 elections, the Wike Administration extended the olive branch to all opponents. In practical terms, the Administration withdrew murder charges on a few politicians."
Governor Wike assured that he will continue to advance unity and reconciliation through government programmes and projects.
He urged Rivers leaders from all the ethnic nationalities and political interests to take deliberate steps to promote the unity of the State.
The Governor said that he is committed to the state-wide roll out of projects across the 23 Local Government Areas of the State. He said all Local Government Areas have key projects as part of his commitment to inclusive development of the State.
He mentioned that his Administration has extended the Sakpenwa-Bori to Kono, while work is progressing on the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road.
The Governor added that the three key Flyover Bridges in Port Harcourt will be completed in record time. He said that the Flyover Bridges will resolve traffic congestion in Port Harcourt.
In a sermon, President Ikwerre Gospel Ministers Fellowship, Rev. Humphrey Nsirim praised Governor Wike for handing over Rivers State to God.
He said: "I commend the Rivers State Governor for declaring that Rivers is a Christian State. This is an important declaration that has opened the state to God's blessing and direction.
"By this action, Governor Wike is the best Governor that has led Rivers State. I will not even dwell on his projects. We all know the work he is doing. I am more concerned by his declaration that Rivers State is a Christian State."
Commissioner-designate and Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Information , Pastor Paulinus Nsirim prayed for the peace and development of the country.
The 20th Ikwerre National Day of Thanksgiving 2019 attracted Ikwerre people from across the Ikwerre speaking Local Government Areas.