By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the state is operating a divine economy which has enabled it continue to execute projects and pay salaries , when other states falter.
The governor noted that the economic recession that has bedevilled the country will not affect Rivers State because God has positioned the state for greater exploits.
Governor Wike who was represented by his Chief of Staff , Engineer Chukwuemeka Woke during the dedication of a New Church and celebration of 100 years of Saint Simon’s Anglican Church , Ugiri-Ike , Diocese of Ikeduru , Imo State on Saturday , said the state has continued to paid salaries , pensions and is considering to pay Christmas bonus .
He said : “We are not owing workers salaries in Rivers State , but we are considering how we will add Christmas bonus to workers.
“Rivers State Government is not operating an economy of recession , it is operating a divine economy . That is why in Rivers State , it is either we are commissioning projects or we are flagging off construction of new projects “
The governor lauded an indigene of Ugiri-Ike community , Mr Donald Denwigwe (SAN) for his commitment to the promotion of the rule of law . He said that the state government is happy to celebrate with him and his community .
He said : “Donald Denwigwe (SAN ) was introduced to Governor Wike at a trying time of the state political history by Emmanuel Ukala (SAN ). At a time when the government of the day in Rivers State wanted to scrap the PDP .
“”Governor Wike felt that not everyone should move to the APC as requested at the time. The governor insisted that the PDP will not be scrapped . It was on this basis that he resolved to approach the court to enforce the right of Rivers PDP members to freedom of association “
The governor explained that the Rivers State Government cannot be intimidated , pointing out that it will always celebrate those who promote the rule of law .
He thanked God that Christianity has continued to grow stronger in the area over the last one hundred years .
Speaking on behalf of the community , Mr Donald Denwigwe (SAN ) said that the completion of the church was made possible by God .
He also thanked God for sparing his life despite several attempts by the devil to eliminate him through illness.
He said that the new church building means that people should worship God with a pure heart.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria and his family thereafter gave thanks to God.