As Rivers State governor, chief Nyesom Wike hits the 100 days marks in his second term, an assessment of his government has become necessary in the light of his new agenda.
In his second term inauguration speech, the governor made agriculture the focus of his administration.
He said, “We will establish regional agricultural development belts in partnership with private firms to advance commercial farming in cash and other crops and invest in the establishment of agro-allied industries and processing plants across these belts”.
“We will revive the school-to-land programme and leverage on the incentives from the federal government and the central bank to promote and sustain the development of agriculture across the value chain by our youths so that they can proudly earn their living, be employers of labour and contribute to the development of the state”.
Wike also promised, to “Complete and privatize the multi-million naira cassava processing plant at Afam, sell off state-owned farms and agricultural companies, including, the Okomoko Rubber Plantation Company and release all idle state farmlands to private sector investors for cultivation”.
After 100days, what steps have been taken to carry out this lofty idea of making Rivers State an agricultural hub.
However, when he received German officials who visited him a few days ago, Governor Wike had urged them to recommend German firms to partner with Rivers State on agriculture.
The Governor also promised to secure Rivers people, saying he would make Rivers state too hot for criminals and bandits and deal ruthlessly with any person, gang or group, including traditional rulers and landlords who directly or indirectly participate or abet criminality.
In 100 days of governance, the state experienced renewed cult related killings as different cult groups claimed several lives’ in Khana and Gokana local government areas.
The governor has supported the security agencies with logistics and set up ‘Operation Sting’ a security outfit that complements the efforts of regular security agencies.
He suspended the Vice Chancellor of Rivers State University and was also had on some Traditional Rulers, including HRH Noryaa, Paramount Ruler of Babbe District in Khana local government area of Ogoni for allegedly abetting criminality.
Wike government has recorded outstanding success in the area of bringing sanity and decency on the roads/streets of Port Harcourt.
The governor had said he would stamp out lawlessness and indiscipline on Rivers Roads by traders, motorists and developers. The governor has almost achieved that through the efforts of the Task-Force on street trading and illegal motor parks.
Our correspondent reports that streets in Port Harcourt have been rid of street traders and many illegal motor parks.
“Decency has returned and traffic hold ups drastically reduced”, he said.
But the governor had been advised to build more markets and reduce the cost of stalls to accommodate the displaced traders.
For other promises like improvement in education and health sectors, provision of employments for teeming unemployed Rivers Youths, improvement in living standard, sanitation and others, time will tell if the governor would fulfill them. But these areas require great attention as they centre on human beings and their welfare.
As the Governor commissions Mile 1 and Fruit Garden markets, Government Craft Centre, Government Secondary School, Ogu and others which his administration carried forward from the first term and completed with these 100days, he should know that there are still more work to be done if he hopes to bring about the development he espoused in his inaugural address for the state.
A remarkable of his first 100 days is the absence of commissioners as the governor is working only with civil servants without an executive council to support him drive his policies.