In recognition of his efforts in projects-delivery, Etche ethnic nationality, clerics and laity of the Anglican Diocese of Etche in Rivers State have conferred on Governor Nyesom Wike, Outstanding Leadership award.
This was as Governor Wike assured the people that they will always be factored in the development agenda of his administration.
Conferring the award on Wike, during the second session of third Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Etche yesterday, Anglican Bishop of Etche Diocese, Rt. Rev. Okechukwu Nwala, said the people of Etche ethnic nationality were appreciative of the creation of access to their communities by the Wike administration.
He said Etche roads, before Wike took over the mantle of leadership, were death traps, cutting off Etche Ethnic Nationality from the rest of Rivers State.
The Anglican bishop declared that aside roads across Etche land, Wike has ensured that Etche people would be appointed vice chancellor, High Court judge, permanent secretaries and special advisers.
He appealed to the governor to extend the Egbu-Etche Road to Egbu 2 for easier access to the area.
In his response, Wike disclosed his administration will construct the second phase of Egbu-Etche Road and added that his commitment to the development of Etcheland was as a result of his resolve to ensure the once neglected community enjoys development like other areas.
“The Etche people are part of Rivers State and they deserve developmental projects. Etche produces oil and food and should get it share of development.” he said.
“The time for the development of Etcheland has come. Etche people should always be vigilant. They should not be deceived by anyone.”
He assured repented militants and cultists from Etche Ethnic Nationality that his administration would continue to implement programmes that will empower them.
Advising youths to shun acts of criminality, Governor Wike offered scholarship to two repented militants presented to him by the Anglican Bishop of Etche Diocese.