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As at May 29, 2015 when the good people of Rivers State rightly expelled   the All Progressives Congress  (APC) from Government, the people of   Etche Ethnic Nationality were one of the most neglected communities.   They were denied developmental projects, appointments and respect from   their own state government.

Due to no fault of theirs, they were degraded to second class citizens   in a state where they served as food basket and also have some of the   critical oil producing communities.

Their situation was worsened by the fact that Etche APC leaders rather   than clamour for projects, took advantage of the horrible disposition   of the Rivers APC administration to further rub salt on their open   wound. One of the few half-hearted road contracts that was awarded to   link Etche people  to the outside world was used as a money spinning   venture  for an APC  House of Representatives Candidate for Etche/Omuma   Federal Constituency.  That road became  a sad  tale at the time the   inglorious  Amaechi administration  ran out of office.

When Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, as PDP  Governorship  Candidate visited Etche   for campaigns, he tabled his development blueprint before the people. He   explained  to them his strategy  for the revival of the long neglected   ethnic Nationality and declared his total commitment to their   development.

Though betrayed by the Amaechi administration, the people saw the   sincerity  of Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and resolved to vote him and the PDP.

The decision by the Etche people to vote for Wike was premised  on the   fact that he would transform the area and throw open her  economy.  It   was a decision  based on the fact that the governor would stand   courageously  with them to promote their Democratic rights.

They believed that Wike would restore the pride and dignity of Etche   people, snatched from them by the agents of maladministration, bad   governance, marginalisation and misappropriation  as exemplified  by the   APC  Government  sacked by the good people of Rivers State.

For eight years, the immediate past APC administration in Rivers State   neglected the Etche Ethnic Nationality. They were treated as outsiders   and denied developmental projects and appointments.  Immediately   Governor Wike won the governorship election, he set in motion the   process to develop Etche land.

As Governor Wike took over  the  mantle of governance  in Rivers State,   he took immediate  steps to liberate  the  people of Etche  and ensure   that they enjoyed developmental  projects.

The very first project in the area was the Igwuruta-Chokocho road.  This   road that was in a very deplorable  condition  was reconstructed  by a   first class contractor.

This was the first connection  that the people of Etche  had with Port   Harcourt, after they were completely  cut off  from the State capital.

The construction  of   Igbo Etche  road, another major economic  road in   the area has reached an advanced stage.  Motorists  are already enjoying    the road.

The  Chokocho-Umuechiem-Ozubu-Elele road and the   Ulakwo II-Afara-Nihi   road being constructed  by the Rivers State Government  have reached   varying  stages of completion.

In the area of health, Governor Wike  is reconstructing the Zonal   General Hospital, Okehi – Etche. This health facility  will provide   both secondary and tertiary healthcare to the people of the area.

Some of the Doctors and medical personnel  being recruited by the Rivers   State Government will be posted to this Zonal General Hospital.  It will   serve Etche , Omuma and adjoining communities.

The Wike era has become  the period of sustained development  for Etche.   The people are gaining  lost ground in the development arena. They are   regaining their sense of inclusion  and they have seen the benefits  of   supporting a pro-people  leader.

In recognition of his exemplary  efforts in projects delivery for the   Etche Ethnic Nationality,  clerics and laity of the  Anglican Diocese of   Etche in Rivers State conferred on Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike the   distinguished award for “Outstanding Leadership “.

Conferring  the Award for Outstanding Leadership on Governor Wike   during the Second Session of Third Synod of the Anglican Dioscese of   Etche on Sunday April 9, 2017 , Anglican Bishop of Etche Diocese, Rt   Reverend Okechukwu Nwala said that the people of Etche Ethnic   Nationality are appreciative of the creation of access to their   communities by the Wike administration.

He said that  the Etche people  remember  that at the time Governor Wike    took over the mantle of leadership, Etche roads were death traps and   Etche Ethnic Nationality cut off from the  rest of Rivers State.

The Anglican  Bishop of  Etche Diocese declared  that aside roads across   Etche land, Governor Wike  has ensured  that the Etche people were   appointed  as Vice Chancellor, High Court Judge, Permanent Secretaries   and Special Advisers.

Responding, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike assured the people of Etche   Ethnic Nationality that they will always be factored in the development   agenda of his administration.

He said Etche people  deserve development because of their support.   Track him assure them of further development)      Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike announced that his   administration  will  construct the second phase of Egbu-Etche road.

He assured   that he will complete the Egbu-Etche road and let him list   other projects.      He said his commitment  to  the development of Etche  land is as a   result of his resolve  to ensure  that  the once neglected  community   enjoys development  like other areas.

He assured repented  militants and cultists from Etche Ethnic   Nationality that his administration  will continue to implement   programmes that will  empower them.

While advising youths to shun acts of criminality, Governor Wike offered    scholarship  to two repented militants presented to him by the Anglican   Bishop of Etche Dioscese.

Member Representing Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency at the House of   Representatives, High Chief Jerome Eke  during a thank you  rally at   Okehi declared that the Etche people  will always stand by Governor Wike   for his magnanimous disposition  towards the area.

He noted that the numerous projects  and appointments  extended to the   Etche Ethnic Nationality by the governor showed his love for the   development  of  the area.

Rt. Hon  Kelechi Nwogu, Member Representing Omuma State Constituency   said that the Etche people  are happy that they voted a governor  who is   committed to rebuilding Etche land. He said the people of the area will   remain grateful that the governor lived up to his campaign promises.

PDP Chieftain from Etche, Prince Emma Anyanwu, assured that the people   of Etche will always wholeheartedly support Governor Wike.  He said   that the developmental projects executed in the area are testimonies   of the fact that the Etche people were right in voting Governor Wike.

Governor Wike has used development projects to change the perception of people about government. He has proven that despite the scarce   resources, a government can still keep her promises. Little wonder Etche   people are solidly in support of Governor Wike.

Written by Simeon Nwakaudu.

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