As part of ways to create an avenue for the people of the state to interface with the government on issues bothering on security and development, the Rivers State government, on Thursday, announced its plans to commence Town Hall meetings in the 23 local government areas of the state.
This was revealed by the State’s Commissioner for Information, Austin Tam-George while addressing the media in Port Harcourt.
Tam-George, while commending the Supreme Court for its verdict on Rivers State, said the Nyesom Wike administration was interested in ensuring that the Rivers people become more conversant with the activities of government.
He charged the people to be vigilant against reactionary politicians who seem determined to roll back the gains made so far by Wike.
He further called on them to continue to give their support to the Wike administration to enable him succeed.
He said, “Beginning from the next few weeks, this administration will start holding town hall meetings across all the 23 Local government areas. The reason is simple, we want to make the people more conversant with the activities of government.
“As we all celebrate this victory of democracy, there is need for the people to be vigilant against reactionary politicians that seem determined to roll back the gains made so far by the Wike administration.
“Rivers State is still reeling from the catastrophic legacy of the Rotimi Amaechi years. Despite receiving over Three Trillion Naira in revenue in 8 years, Amaechi left the most abandoned projects in the history of Rivers State since 1967.
“Thousands of workers were without their salaries for 4 months, aged pensioners faced starvation without their pension for 8 months and thousands of teachers were not paid for nearly 12 months.
“The Nyesom Wike administration has, however, rekindled the faith of the people in government through the rejuvenation of the breached public trust.
“The Wike administration acknowledges the people as the driving force of governance and will remain responsive and committed to its social contract with the Rivers people.
“I call on all Rivers people to continue to give their support to the Governor Wike administration to enable him succeed. It is a new dawn in Rivers State.”