The Governor of River State, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, has declared his total support for any policy of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration that will improve the well-being of the people of the state.
Wike made the statement during the swearing-in ceremony of Justice Christy Gabriel-Nwankwo as the substantive President of the State Customary Court of Appeal, merged with courtesy visit of the Local Study Group from the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, near Jos, at Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday April 25. He said:
“I will support any policy of the federal government that will enhance the living standard of the people of Rivers State. It doesn’t matter who initiated such policy as long as it favours our people.”
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He added that he will not use his office for unnecessary politicking, pointing out that good policies transcend party affiliation. The Governor implored the federal government to find ways to implement the recommendations of different NIPPS study teams especially as they relate to poverty alleviation, adding that the state government will give total support to the NIPPS study team in carrying out their research into poverty alleviation in the state.
In confirmation response, the Director of Studies and Leader of Delegation of the Study Group of NIPPS, Professor Celestine Oyom Bassey, said that the team have come to River State to carry out an assessment of the impact of poverty alleviation programmes in the state.
Meanwhile Justice Nwankwo was sworn-in by Governor Wike, as substantive President of the Customary Court of Appeal, following her screening and confirmation by the State House of Assembly.
Performing the swearing-in at Government House, Port Harcourt, the governor charged members of the Bench at the State High Court and Customary Court of Appeal to work towards ensuring greater stability in the judiciary.