Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike yesterday restored all the rights and privileges due Mr. Celestine Omehia, a former governor.
He also hung Omehia’s portrait in the Executive Chambers of the Government House, Port Harcourt to reflect his tenure, a privilege which erstwhile governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, refused to accord him.
Governor Wike also announced the restoration of his entitlements. The governor, who said he could not understand why Amaechi refused to honour Omehia, said he (Omehia) was Rivers State governor, even if it was for one day.
He said: “You will recall that in 2007, precisely May, 2007, somebody superintended the affairs of this state and that was Celestine Omehia. He was governor of Rivers State from May 29, 2007 to October 25, 2007. But it’s unfortunate that we play politics of bitterness and rancour and that is not necessary. If you look around, it is only Omehia’s picture that is not here as a former governor. Take it or leave it, he was a governor of Rivers State and we have resolved to do what we think is right.”
According to him, government should not be personalized, saying “even if Omehia served the state for just one day, he deserves to be recognized as one that has governed the state.”
Governor Wike acknowledged the achievements of Omehia as a governor and lamented his denial of the privileges.
“I believe that even if it’s a single day, he acted on behalf of the state.
As a governor, he did a lot of things on behalf of Rivers State: He awarded road contracts and so on. Why will anybody say he was not a governor of the state? I will not accept such! I hereby put back his photograph and restore all his entitlements as a former governor of Rivers State”, Wike said.
Responding, an elated Omehia said Wike had given him a new lease of life.
He said: “At a time, when I thought I have met the darkness of my political career, a new lease of life is being given to me. It shows that the governor is a man of honour, a man of integrity, and a man who is being used by God Almighty, to restore the lost glory of the state.”
Source: The Sun