Governor of Rivers State Chief Nyesom Wike, has stated that the painful general hardship occasioned by the country’s economic crisis, affects all Nigerians, hence, all hands must be on deck to resolve the challenges.
This is just as he disclosed that his administration had put in place a working framework to shield the people of the state from the negative effects of the economic downturn.
Wike spoke yesterday at the Saint Cyprian Anglican Church, Port Harcourt, during the inter-denominational church service to mark Nigeria’s 56th Independence Anniversary.
“The hardship that flows from the economic downturn affects all Nigerians, irrespective of the political party they belong to or whether they don’t belong to political parties.
“That is why we must work together to ensure that we end the economic recession. It is in our interest as a nation that we continue to build alliances, as this economic recession cannot be resolved through methods that exclude other stakeholders”, he said.
The governor stated that Rivers State would continue to be viable with the state government executing pro-people projects, whether or not Nigeria is in recession.
Wike, who urged Nigerians to celebrate the fact that the country is still united despite the different challenges, called for more prayers for the country to make sustained progress in the coming years.
In his sermon, Bishop of Anglican Niger Diocese, Rt. Rev. Raphael Ebirien, urged the federal government to focus on resolving the current economic recession as Nigerians are suffering.
Ebirien also called for justice, fair play and equitable distribution of resources to reduce the level of marginalisation under the present administration in the country.