(By Chris K.Amadi) – The inauguration and commissioning of projects accross the 24 local government areas of Rivers State are eloquent testimonies that he is not a tribalist but a leader who sincerely loves all Rivers people, irrespective of their ethnic and political afiliations.
This declaration was made by Prince Charles Beke, Managing Director of Eastern Wrought Iron Limited in a chat with Notable Outcome in Port Harcourt, adding that the manner
Governor Nyesom Wike spreads his projects shows that he is in close touch with the grass roots and knows the feelings and aspirations of the people.
“The massive land reclamation in Kalabari and the flagg off of the Trans- Kalabari link road are eloquent testimonies that Wike is not a tribalist but interested in the well being and development of all parts of the state.
“By the development initiatives in Kalabari and other parts of the state, Governor Wike has proved wrong those critics, who were screeming that the governor was concentrating development projects in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas”, the managing director of Eastern Wrought Iron Limited further stated.
He believes that all those who will build on the reclaimed expanse of land in Akuku-Toru will always remember the Wike administration that made it possible, even as he observed that “only a leader that has love for his people will do what Wike has done.
“The land reclamation, Trans – Kalabari ring road, fly overs, Mother and Child Hospital, Industrial Court and other legacy projects in the state have made Governor Wike to stand out as a model leader, who is to be emulated by future leaders in Rivers State as well as other leaders accross Nigeria.
“At the end of his tenure, Governor Wike will be leaving signature projects that will stand the test of time”, the Elibrada born politician explained.
On whether Nigeria is a poor country, Prince Beke agreed with the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan that Nigeria is poor.
“Lawan is not far from the truth”, he agreed, as he noted that Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product is poor, and manufacturing in all time low because of inconsistent policies that do notbfavour local production.
“If we are rich, we should be lending as we used to do at a time in the past.
“The nation they go to borrow money from are rich countries, that is why they are lending to us.
“When you generate revenue you increase your resources; when your resources are depleting, you lack strength to compete economically.
“We depended more on oil but the prices have fallen.We failed to diversify, it is now that we are looking into agriculture but it will take sometime before the country begins to see the expected dividends from agriculture.
“And untill then, we have to accept the current realities which are occasioned by lack of thinking, forsight and appropriate policies to boost export and reduce imports in the areas that we have comparative advantage.
This was the route that China took to achieve development.
Although there were attempts by the Muhammadu Buhari administration to discourage imports of things that were being produced locally, but the measures were not far reaching because the policy was not backed by law.
“Nigerian government must demonstrate political will to diversify the economy.This will open windows of opportunities for the country to earn foriegn exchange and subsequently come out of poverty”, he summed.