Wike, Building Infrastructure For Tomorrow –Nsirim
The Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, has stated that all the infrastructural developments embarked upon by the State Governor, Nyesom Wike, are envisioned to serve the State better in years to come.
Speaking when the Zonal Director, Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Port Harcourt Network Centre, Madam Bosede Adebayo, and her Management Team paid him a courtesy visit, the Commissioner said beyond creating employment for Rivers people, the State government is working to meet the developmental needs of the State.
“If people knew that Rivers State would be this congested, I think there would have been a ring road or some other thing by now. So, the Governor has envisioned that in the next five to ten years, because of the kind of investment flow that is coming in here now, Rivers State would need the right infrastructure to accommodate it. So, he’s building infrastructure for tomorrow. , unfortunately, many people who don’t understand the Governor politicize everything”, he said.
Calling for the existing relationship between the Ministry and NTA to be strengthened, the Commissioner emphasized the need for the station which represents the media, to spearhead the need to let the world have the true picture of what Rivers State stands for.
He said, “We need to set an agenda for Rivers State, and the issue is, if you live and do business in Rivers State, we have a shared prosperity to protect. As Zonal Director, if Rivers State is doing well, it will reflect on the revenue you make, it will reflect on your personality. So, we want everybody to understand that we’ve gotten the right leadership, we need to come together to support that leadership.
“The narrative out there is that this is a no-go-area. But we understand the political economy. People would want to make Rivers State look bad so that some other areas will benefit from capital flight and all that. But we’re saying ‘no’; the time to change that narrative has come, and we’re lucky we have you now at the Zonal Network headquarters. Help us, with your team of dedicated professionals, to design programmes that will help to project the interest of Rivers State, help us to design programmes and projects that would project the image of Rivers State., “ he added.
Earlier in her speech, the Port Harcourt Network Centre Zonal Director of NTA, Madam Bosede Adebayo explained that the reason for the visit was to congratulate the Commissioner on his appointment, and pledge the station’s loyalty to work with the Commissioner and the State Government.
She said, “our coming today is twofold: to congratulate you, and secondly to pledge our loyalty, to say to you that the NTA is there for you. I also want to thank, through you, the State Government for patronage given to my team, and like Oliver Twist, to say please we are available, at the shortest time we are ready to give you the best of our services.
“Our facilities have also been improved upon to make sure that we do not disappoint you. So, we look forward to doing business together, not only business together, we are ready to support you and your initiatives, and every other thing that you would want us to do”, she declared.
Adebayo stated the need for the State to have a programme that would showcase the activities of Government and its agencies that should have a feedback from the people.
“We believe Rivers State should have a programme on our channel, possibly every week, let it run for 30 minutes, highlighting the activities of the various agencies, and what the government wants the people to know. There should be a forum for a feedback”, Adebayo added.