Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike and his Bayelsa State counterpart, Henry Seriake Dickson met behind closed doors, at the Government House, Yenagoa, yesterday, to discuss regional integration.
Wike said the meeting was aimed at fostering security of lives and property in Rivers and Bayelsa states, South South integration, as well as political and economic ties among states in the region.
The Rivers state governor also disclosed he will work closely with Dickson, to foster regional integration, socio-economic and political ties.
He commended the Bayelsa governor for his outstanding performance, in transforming the state and noted that “the PDP and the Ijaw nation are proud of governor Dickson’s performance in office, which has endeared him to the people of the Niger Delta and beyond.
“First of all, I’m not surprised because Dickson was prepared for the office and so, you can see the results.
“When you are prepared to write an exam, certainly, you will pass very well.
“And, so, (with) what I have seen today, he has made PDP proud. He has also made the people of Bayelsa state, the Ijaw nation and Niger Delta proud.
“Look at the edifice, (new Governor’s Office); it was not there before. I’m so happy. In fact, I was telling him that I thought we have an office but, with what I’ve seen today, I think I’d better have a re-think and see what I’m going to do to my office when I return to Port Harcourt.”
On his part, Dickson expressed gratitude to Wike for the visit, which he noted marked the beginning of closer interactions that would deepen the relationship between the two sister states.
He also disclosed the meeting deliberated on how to intensify security and developmental issues in the best interests of the people of the South South and particularly, the two sister states of Rivers and Bayelsa.
The governorappreciated Wike’s developmental strides and called on Rivers people to sustain their support for his administration.
“We have started a process of consultations and interactions which we intend to strengthen and deepen, in the interests of the people of our states and, in the larger interest of our region and Nigeria.”
“I thank you and your government and the good people of Rivers state.
“I thank you for the work you are doing in Rivers state and I call for more support for your government and look forward to working with you, to strengthen the bond that is so natural between our states.”
Governor Wike was accompanied on the visit by the former acting national chairman of the Peoples Democractic Party, Prince Uche Secondus.