By Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has nominated Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, for the SDGs’ “Global Human SettlementsÂ Outstanding Contribution Award “.
This award is for the governor’s investments in the development of urban renewal programmes, housing and projects that improve the living conditionsÂ of less privilegedÂ persons.
The “Global Human SettlementsÂ Outstanding Contribution Award ” is organised by Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards (SCAHSA). The group is supported by the United Nations Environment.
In a letter of notificationÂ ofÂ the award to Wike , Secretary of Global Forum on Human Settlements and Main Representative to the United Nations, Mr. Lu Haifeng, said the award will be conferred on the governorÂ at the United Nations Headquarters in New York onÂ October 31, 2017.
The ceremonyÂ will be held as part of the 12th Global Forum of Human Settlements at the United Nations Headquarters in New York betweenÂ October 30 and 31, 2017.
According to the Main Representative to the United Nations, WikeÂ was being recognisedÂ for his great commitment and contribution to sustainableÂ cities in Rivers State.
The group further lauded Wike for developing infrastructure in settlements in different parts of the state and ensuring that people have access to basic amenities.
Wike was also applaudedÂ for constructing the Iriebe Medium Housing Estate, Rivers Quarters at the NNS Pathfinder, Quarters for Junior Staff of the DSS and facilitatingÂ the improvedÂ investment in housing by private investors.
The Rivers State Governor also receivedÂ commendations for investing in land reclamation/sand filling in Asari-Toru, Degema, Akuku-Toru and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas.
A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media informed that Wike has acceptedÂ the award.
The statementÂ noted that Wike pledged his commitment to further investments in the development of infrastructure and housing that will improveÂ the living conditions of the people.
Wike dedicated the award to Rivers people who totally support his administration’sÂ investmentsÂ in the development of infrastructure and housing.