Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, on Wednesday announced that the state government would immortalize the National Youth Service Corps member, Mr. Samuel Okonta, who died during the March 19 re-run legislative election in the state.
The Governor who made the promise at the NYSC Headquarters in Port Harcourt, also declared that government would provide all necessary assistance to the police to ensure the culprits are brought to book.
He expressed sadness that the corps member died serving the nation and announced that the Rivers State Government would take care of the family of the late corps member.
The governor described the death of the corps member as unfortunate and condemnable, urged the Police to thoroughly investigate the crime, adding that the death was painful because the slain Okonta was an orphan who suffered through school and was on the verge of being of help to his immediate family.
According to him, the outcome of the investigation should be made public so that those involved are prosecuted.
“The killing of this corps member must not be swept under the carpet,” he said.
He pledged his administration’s commitment to take measures to improving security in the state, assuring that steps would be taken to ensure that such incidents would not occur again.
Wike, also announced an increment in the monthly allowance of corps members serving outside Port Harcourt from N10,000 to N15,000, while that of those serving in Port Harcourt was increased from N5,000 to N10,000.
The State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs. Ngozi Nwatarali, commended the governor for commiserating with them at the moment of grief, while appealing for greater protection of corps members during elections.
Responding on behalf of the family, Alex Edeabeatu who said the late corps member was a shining light thanked the governor for his gesture. He said that the late corps member was a shining light for the family.