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Rivers govt to role out 50 years development blueprint

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has declared that the State Government would set out the development blueprint for the rapid growth of the state in the next 50 years.

Receiving the final report of the Rivers State Golden Jubilee Committee at the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Governor Wike accepted the recommendation of the committee to establish a technical group to develop a working document to enhance the growth of the state.

He said: “We will set up a committee for the production of a document to enhance the development of Rivers State in the next fifty years.”

He expressed happiness with the Rivers Golden Jubilee Committee, noting that they executed their mandate creditably and projected Rivers State positively during the celebrations in 2017.

“Everybody is happy with the quality of documentation by the committee. The Rivers at 50 books is a comprehensive document that chronicles the entire celebration.

“My colleagues are very impressed with the Rivers at 50 books. It touches all sectors of our development. No aspect was left out,” Governor Wike said.

He commended the committee for being the first committee to return unspent funds, a development which under-scored the integrity of members of the group.

“I am very satisfied with the quality of the work of this committee. I didn’t expect anything less in view of the calibre of members,” he said.

Submitting the final report of the Rivers State Golden Jubilee Committee, Chairman of the Committee, Chief Ferdinand Alabraba, said that celebration was a landmark in the history of the state.

He said that the committee was prudent in the expenditure of available funds leading to the return of un-spent funds. He noted that the committee was funded through government grant and private donations.

Chief Anabraba said that the committee recognised the need for adequate documentation; hence it produced Rivers at 50, the Echoes of Golden Jubilee, Golden Jubilee DVDs, Golden Jubilee Commemorative Brochure, Golden Jubilee Award/Honours Brochure, Anniversary Lecture Book and the commemorative stamp.

“The committee recognised the need to adequately document the 50th Anniversary activities for posterity. The committee, therefore, sponsored a number of publications and documents,” he said.

He recommended the establishment of a state archive for the keeping of all public records in the state.

He, then, appreciated Rivers people for participating actively in the events that marked the 50th Anniversary of the state, which, he said, showed the world that Rivers People were united with one common destiny.

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