On Monday, July 12, 2021, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Governor of Rivers State, did what most leaders, particularly these elected to superintend the affairs of their individuals at numerous ranges of governance, are sometimes too scared to embrace.
That is both a results of underperformance or the obvious incapacity to influence positively on their individuals and space of administration.
Governor Wike boldly mounted the rostrum on the Obi Wali Worldwide Convention Centre, Port Harcourt and with unshakable confidence, cerebral oratory and fearless advocacy, laced with admirable aplomb, exhibited the audacity of accountability, when he offered his scorecard.
He gave an account of his stewardship, in a progress report overlaying the six years since he assumed workplace because the Governor of Rivers State on Might 29, 2015.
After all, many Rivers individuals will recall that the presentation of the efficiency scorecard had already been programmed because the end result occasion of listed actions marking the second yr anniversary of the second tenure in workplace of the Governor.
But, extremely, each merchandise listed on the exercise chart, from flag-offs to inaugurations and some different extras, had been completed with well timed precision, carried out by a distinguished solid of nationwide and indigenous statesmen from throughout the geopolitical zones within the nation and garnished with the flamboyant pomp and cultural pageantry, paying homage to the proud, vibrant, quintessential Rivers traditions.
It’s certainly wonderful that lengthy after many states have forgotten how their very own second yr anniversaries celebration transpired, Governor Nyesom Wike was nonetheless flagging off and commissioning initiatives throughout the size and breadth of Rivers State, two months after.
As a matter of truth, exactly six weeks in the past, the actions for the celebration of the second anniversary of the second time period in workplace had been kick-started, with the flagging-off and commissioning of recent and accomplished initiatives and for 40 days, Governor Wike, his cupboard and his array of distinguished particular friends, traversed the size and breadth of the State to both fee or flag-off numerous improvement initiatives chopping throughout completely different socio-economic sectors.
The worldwide neighborhood and the whole nation noticed the exceptional harvest of initiatives, together with roads, bridges, training, healthcare, housing, social welfare, sports activities and rural improvement throughout Rivers State, because the sounds and sights of the glad and grateful beneficiary establishments, communities and other people had been beamed on stay telecasts.
The actual fact that he delivered on each single merchandise listed on the programme of actions, which had been drawn up a number of weeks earlier than the second anniversary, was not solely exceptional for the audacity and confidence of his visionary management, however certainly a superb reflection and astute exhibition of what governance accountability to the individuals is all about.
By means of abstract, Governor Wike’s account of six years of targeted, decided, strategic, brave management and unprecedented transformational improvement throughout the 23 Native Authorities Areas of the State, coated the breathtaking infrastructural revolution, a golden period in well being care supply, academic development programmes, sensible efforts in agricultural improvement, pragmatic rural transformation initiatives and the financial stimulus engagements.
Different areas included, strategic housing improvement, sturdy and obligatory tools, in arduous and smooth logistics, in addition to humanitarian supporåt to safety companies, clean and uninterrupted administration of justice, expanded frontiers in sports activities improvement, acceptable social welfare provisions, unparalleled recognition for tradition/tourism and naturally the entrenchment of a peaceable, rancour free, political ambiance, which all featured prominently, even towards the backdrop of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.
Wike highlighted the truth that since 2015, his administration has delivered over a thousand kilometres of Trunk-A roads; launched into development of part one of many trans-Kalabari street, simultaneous development of ten arterial flyovers, with three already commissioned and linked the traditional coastal neighborhood of Opobo to the remainder of the State and the nation by a tarred street.
He additional mentioned that his administration has additionally reworked at least 18 main single lane roads to twin carriageways with avenue lights, pedestrian walkways and coated drains and whereas noting that the dualization of Ahoada–Omoku, and Egbema Omoku roads can also be underway.
He affirmed that his authorities has reclaimed huge swathes of sand-filled land for among the coastal communities, together with Abalama, Bakana, and Kula to advance their improvement and likewise began the sand filling of 55 and 42 hectares of reclaimed land for Abonnema/Obonoma and Okrika communities respectively.
Within the training sector, Governor Wike mentioned his administration has offered over 1200 lecture rooms and practically 14,000 desks to over 200 major and junior secondary faculties, all along with the reconstruction, furnishing and equipping of a number of secondary faculties, together with some famend and well-known ones too, with fashionable lecture rooms, laboratories, libraries, sports activities services, employees quarters and paved interconnecting street networks.
“On account of the concrete and focused interventions, the training system is turning into increasingly more efficient and qualitative within the State with enrolment and transition charges of over 98 per cent, whereas over 80 per cent have persistently recorded 5 credit and above cross charges, together with Arithmetic and English in WASCE since 2015,” he mentioned.
Within the well being sector, Governor Wike mentioned his authorities has commissioned the 132-bed Mom and Little one specialist hospital, established the Rivers State College Educating Hospital, rebuilt and upgraded the Authorities Home Specialist Clinic, renovated current major well being centres and common hospitals, and constructed some new major healthcare centres or under-served communities.
All these and certainly many extra had been succinctly and brilliantly packaged and offered within the compendium of 536 pages, which captures the basic achievements of the Governor within the final six years.
Central and integral to the wonderful infrastructural transformation happening throughout Rivers State, is the worldwide development large, Julius Berger, which has introduced its globally famend experience, complemented by some critically acknowledged indigenous development corporations, in a formidable partnership with the authorities, to ship high quality, enduring legacy initiatives that can and have met all Worldwide requirements.
Certainly no chief or administration may very well be extra dedicated and insistent on embracing and making certain that the braveness and audacity to entrench and guarantee accountability, are upheld in delivering good and accountable governance to the individuals.
After all, the six years account of stewardship presentation wouldn’t have been full, if Governor Wike had ignored his nationally acclaimed civic position and accountability, as a Governor and anxious Nigerian, who loves our nation a lot and needs our democracy to outlive, to as soon as once more voice his fears and issues of many unvoiced Nigerians.
He drew consideration to the state of the nation, particularly the deteriorating economic system, the worsening insecurity, the dearth of purposeful nationwide management and the strangulating hardship being confronted by strange residents, as a direct results of the seen failure and mismanagement of our democracy and variety by the APC-led Federal Authorities.
One in every of his and what finally grew to become a nationwide concern was the nomination of Ms. Lauretta Onochie as an INEC Commissioner and gladly, the matter has been appropriately dealt with by the Senate to the reduction of Nigerians, which it seems had listened and acted on this well timed advise by Governor Wike: “The place Mr. President lacks the braveness to so do, then, the Nationwide Meeting, which has a accountability to defend our democracy should endeavour to get up on the appropriate aspect of historical past by rejecting her nomination.”
The opposite matter which engaged Governor Wike’s consideration is the proposed amendments to the Electoral Act, which is now earlier than the Nationwide Meeting and whereas commending the Home of Representatives for affirming and reassuring Nigerians on its constructive provisions within the proposed invoice on digital voting and simultaneous transmission of unit outcomes by digital means, he provided the next advise:
“Everybody who means effectively for our democracy believes digital voting and simultaneous transmission of outcomes has the potential to stop the large-scale rigging of the election that has grow to be common in our electoral system. President Buhari readily attributes his victory in each the 2015 and 2019 polls to the introduction of the novel card reader system by President Goodluck Jonathan’s Administration; but he has been overly reluctant on the necessity to midwife the beginning of a brand new, clear, environment friendly and reliable electoral system for the nation.
“Let me, subsequently, warn that we don’t want a soothsayer to inform us that to permit the outdated methods of doing issues and much-vilified establishment to proceed to prevail in our electoral system as really useful by the Senate’s model of the invoice can be an entire disservice to the nation and a recipe for catastrophe for our nation.
“Once more, I hope Mr. President nonetheless cares about his legacy and would subsequently prevail on the APC-controlled Nationwide Meeting to provide the nation an Electoral Act with constructive provisions on digital voting and simultaneous transmission of outcomes from the unit degree to stop rigging and assure belief, credibility and confidence in our elections.”
On the now uncontrollable state of insecurity and insurgency throughout the nation, Governor Wike suggested thus: “The heightened diploma of insecurity throughout the nation and the apparent incapacity of the Federal Authorities to deal with this menace continues to be very troubling. Nigerians are in determined want of reduction from the every day incidents of kidnapping and senseless killings throughout the nation by insurgents, herdsmen, bandits and militia teams.
“The APC-led Federal Authorities should step up and be alive to its constitutional accountability to guard lives and property in all elements of the nation or admit its lack of capability and resign earlier than the nation collapses like a pack of badly managed playing cards on its palms. Sufficient of the justifications, ineffective actions and buck-passing”.
It has typically been mentioned that accountability is the very hallmark of fine governance and glorious management and leaders display accountability by taking accountability for the success and development of the individuals and areas they administer by resolving to come clean with commitments and guarantees that they’ve made.
Being an accountable chief shouldn’t be a simple process however it’s important with a purpose to be a change agent and to ship actual worth to your individuals. Accountability, subsequently, means being answerable to the actions and selections made by the administrator and possessing each the imaginative and prescient of a frontrunner and the brave sagacity and administrative acumen to execute that imaginative and prescient.
The accountable leaders are those that may take a difficult imaginative and prescient and make it a chance, even when it requires asking for assist when and the place it’s obligatory. They repeatedly monitor and overview how they’re doing and take the time to rejoice wins alongside the way in which, regardless of the bumps that can periodically seem to delay the mission.
Within the final six years, Governor Wike has exhibited all of the hallmarks of a superb accountable chief each in initiatives supply and governance, along with his footprints in every single place throughout the 23 native authorities areas of the State, and even past and just like the Governor himself says: “Take it or go away it, the reality is fixed. There is no such thing as a promise we made or mission we got down to obtain that we’ve got not fulfilled or delivered”.
However like all true accountable and transformational leaders, Governor Wike would fairly go away the judgment of his efficiency for the individuals to make, whilst he’s satisfied like many Rivers individuals are too, that his administration has lived as much as its guarantees, made the specified distinction and introduced in regards to the transformational modifications that majority of the individuals had yearned for once they gladly gave their mandate and belief, six years in the past.
Governor Wike captured this conviction aptly within the following declaration and pledge: “The sheer variety of audacious initiatives we’ve got rolled out and executed within the final two years clearly confirms our abiding promise to proceed to ship extra improvement initiatives for the advantage of our State, our individuals and the nation till our final day in workplace.
“I want to subsequently guarantee you that there shall be no let-up in our dedication and willpower to ship extra initiatives to additional consolidate the progress we’ve got achieved within the days, weeks and months forward.”
It’s only becoming subsequently to mirror on the six years of the administration of Governor Wike within the uplifting phrases of veteran journalist, Worldwide writer, media mogul and certainly the doyen of post-modern Nigerian journalism, Chief Dele Momodu: “Tremendous congratulations to the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, on the extraordinary job he has executed within the final six years.
“I used to be proud to see a Nigerian chief render an account of his stewardship two years forward of the completion of his second tenure… Might the nice Lord full the large Initiatives he has assigned himself within the coming months. Amen”.
Nsirim is the Commissioner for Info and Communications, Rivers State.