President Bola Tinubu has declared that his relationship with Nyesom Wike, transcends beyond been Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Tinubu admitted that the Minister, is both his admirer and his adviser, noting that he is pleased with him for hitting the ground running and encouraged should be encouraged by the Nigerians.
In a statement, Presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale said the President disclosed this on Thursday when Rivers State delegation, comprising of leaders both the governing All Progressives’ Congress (APC) and the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to the State House in Abuja.
“The Honourable Minister, Wike, is not just the Minister of FCT, he is also my adviser and an admirer of mine. He (Wike) has hit the ground running and he should be encouraged by the State”, he said.
“We are not meant to be in a position to be poor. We will turn the tide! Somewhere, somehow in this storm, there’s a quiet and peaceful place for us. We will locate it!
Continuing, President Tinubu stated that neither Rivers State or Nigeria has any business being associated with poverty, insecurity nor under-development.
He noted that concerning infrastructure development in Rivers State, he had heard the cries of prominent Rivers sons, with particular reference to the Eleme Junction-Onne axis of the East-West Road, linking the Port Harcourt Refinery and advised the younger generation to be more patient with the processes of government.
According to him, “I am the Captain and Chief Salesman of the country. We have to reverse the trend and achieve possibilities within a short period of time.
“Our people have high expectations for us. I pledge to work hard, and I pray to God to put me on the right path, not to disappoint Nigerians,” the President said.
Speaking on behalf of the 62-man delegation, River State governor, Siminalayi Fubara, thanked President Tinubu for appointing Nysome Wike and Ajuri Ngelale both Rivers State into his cabinet.
He also applauded the President for attracting a $14 billion dollars investment approval for projects nationwide during the G-20 Summit, including the expansion of Indorama Petrochemicals in Eleme, Rivers State, adding that the State had just allocated 209 hectares of land in support of the new investment.
“The people of Rivers State voted for you in the last general elections based on their belief in fairness, equity and justice. This is the first time that Rivers State is truly feeling the impact of the federal government since the inception of democracy in 1999,” he said.