Former President Goodluck Jonathan has declared  that the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike is working hard to transform  the state.
Speaking  during the Rivers Golden Jubilee Anniversary Lecture in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Former President Goodluck Jonathan said that Governor Wike  is  leading  Rivers State  to greater heights.
He said: “Having had the opportunity to serve at the state level for eight years and at the centre for eight years, I can attest  to the fact that Wike is working.
“Everyday I watch television, I see programmes going on. Commissioning of projects are taking place. It takes somebody with commitment, somebody with foresight and somebody with a strong team to achieve  all these”.
The Former President stated that he is not surprised that Governor Wike  is living up to the expectations  of the people, because as a minister, Governor Wike excelled.
“Let me specifically thank the Governor of Rivers State, somebody who worked with me, somebody  I believe in. That is why I conferred on him the prestigious  title of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON). ”
Speaking  further, the Former President argued that reforms should ensure that more resources get to the state, rather than the interventionist  agencies already affected by politics.
He said that the states in the Niger Delta  have achieved more in terms of development  since they started accessing 13 percent derivation than interventionist  agencies have achieved.
Jonathan said because  of political influence on the interventionist agencies,  the entire Niger Delta  is replete with abandoned projects.
The Former President also called  for the implementation of the National Conference Report, which he said will help the nation address the numerous development challenges  facing the nation.
Also speaking, National Caretaker Committee Chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi said only PDP has the capacity to embark on the restructuring of the country.
He said: “In PDP, we believe that our Federation needs to be fixed . We will ensure reforms in a manner that every federating unit will know that they will not be abandoned. ”
In his lecture titled “democracy and development in Nigeria: The Case of Rivers State “, Prof Godini Darah advocated resource ownership  for the Niger Delta.

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