Governor Wike made his comments on Sunday July 2 at the Crowne Palace Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia USA, when he delivered the keynote address at the 20th National Convention of the Ogbakor Ikwerre.
According to reports, the governor stated that the underdevelopment of the state had been caused by the “purposeless” nature of the Amaechi government.
Wike stressed however, that his government had kick-started an unprecedented statewide development process in order to confront the developmental challenges it inherited.
The governor stated that Rivers was now on the path of growth; as critical sectors of the states’ economy had been revived by his government.
Wike stated: “For eight years the government was clearly wasteful, purposeless and irresponsible. Under their watch, our economy crumbled and public infrastructure, such as roads, schools, hospitals and sporting facilities were in their worst and horrible state of disrepair.
The economy deteriorated to a point that the government was no longer meeting its financial obligations to civil servants, contractors and international donor agencies.”
“Two years down the line we are happy to report that our state is substantially back on track and progressing in the right direction.
“Our economy is reasonably strong and growing; while lives and property are relatively more secure and safe.
“Under our watch all the three arms of government are functioning effectively and working harmoniously towards the common good of our people; and for the first time in a long while, our people are now enjoying the positive effects of having a government that listens, cares, and consults with the people through their representatives before taking any steps.
“In terms of the tangibles, we have substantially delivered on our campaign promises to the State and our people.
“We have a pan-Rivers mandate. And so we are bound to spread development to all parts of the State. This is what we are doing to foster balanced development.
“We have spent over 140 billion naira in the last two years under our strategic infrastructure development plan to deliver several roads, bridges and jetties in not less than 15 local government areas across the three senatorial districts of the State.
“For the first time in our history, rural roads are receiving considerable attention.
“Indeed, our unprecedented investments in infrastructure have invigorated growth and created thousands of jobs in the economy.
“We have also directed resources towards improving education and healthcare delivery.”
Chibuike Amaechi, the minister of transportation, reacted to the allegation by governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state that he created a new cult group in the state.
He asked Wike to be ready to face the wrath of the law after leaving office and ultimately the wrath of God when no constitutional immunity could protect him.
Mr. Wike accused Amaechi of inaugurating a new cult group with the aim of creating security crisis in the state ahead of 2019 general elections.