Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has been named the New Telegraph Newspaper Man of The Year 2017.
This is as he has declared that unless God intervenes in the situation of Nigeria, the country will slide further into developmental stagnation. He made the declaration when the Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship at the Government House Port Harcourt on Friday.
A statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday by state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Emma Okah, said notice of the award was conveyed in a letter to the Governor which stated that the formal presentation of the award would be done on November 25 in Lagos.
He said giving reasons for the choice of the governor for the award, the Managing Director and Editor In Chief of the paper, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, said it was in recognition of the governorâ€™s outstanding achievements and activities in office as adjudged by the panel of judges who subjected the candidates to a thorough scrutiny.
“In particular, the Governorâ€™s rising profile in the management of state resources, projects execution, massive construction of roads, renovation of general hospitals and schools in the state etc are some of the considerations that placed Rivers State at the top in the stiff competition,” Egbemode said.
Meanwhile, Okah said Wike had accepted the award and promised to do more for the people of Rivers State.
Governor Wike noted that the withdrawal of the Security details of the Anambra State Governor indicates a fundamental problem of lawlessness under the present dispensation.
He said: “If we don’t seek the face of God, there will be no hope. Leaders should fear God and respect the rule of law.
“If God does not intervene in Nigeria, the future is not bright. Nigeria requires prayers. What happened in Anambra State is a coup against a constitutionally elected Governor “.
The governor assured that his administration would continue to work with the Church in the state because the Church is the pillar of his state.
He commended the Full Gospel Businessmen Fellow for promoting Christian unity, noting that with unity the society will experience faster progress.
Earlier, the National President and International Director of Full Gospel Businessmen (Nigeria), Architect Ifeanyi Odedo declared that the prayer of the fellowship is that Rivers State under the leadership of Governor Wike will excel beyond expectations.
He thanked God for raising a man like Governor Wike who is addressing the developmental challenges of the state and re-positioning the state. “There is a great rejoicing in the land. The enemy might not be happy, but the truth is that you are doing a great work and we appreciate you. “We want to identify with the laudable efforts Your Excellency has undertaken in this state. Thank God who has been faithful to this state for raising a man like you who has become a transformer”.
The Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship are in Rivers State for the Regional Convention for the South-South.