Unfolding Wike : The Enigmatic Politician & Serial " Mr Projects"
By Mike Cerutti osagie
" To to be great is to be misunderstood" - Socrates
The advance Oxford dictionary defines an enigmatic fellow as * A person or thing that is mysterious or difficult to understand.
Such can no doubt be said of the Mr project Governor of Rivers State in person of Ezenwo Nyesom Wike a native of Obio Akpor, in Rivers State who was born to Reverend and Mrs Nlemanya Wike
A lawyer and politician who is famed for his fearless nature in all fronts
Wike is legendary when it comes to talk and do and all his landmark projects are there for all to see
A man born from a very humble background, Wike after his law school, ventured into politics. He was the Chairman of Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State between 1999 and 2007, and a chief of staff to Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi between 2007 and 2011. Between 2003 and 2011, he was the National President of All Local Government Chairmen in Nigeria. He became Nigeria's minister of state for education on 14 July 2011 from where he was elected as the Executive Governor of Rivers State
Only recently, he decided to put himself in front to lead Nigeria in 2023, sadly a last minute magical display at the PDP primaries scufled his Ambition
In truth Wike deserves accolades for all his landmark projects, for not to long ago, this writer was in his state for the arrival of a New Bridge and the quote by global leadership brand, Peter Drucker was brought to bear
It says : "Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes"
This is no doubt a quote that best fits the corporate Leadership and Governance stand of River State Governor, Barrister Nyesom Wike who is fondly called " Mr Projects "
This selfless leader has over the years been described in the superlatives for his knack of using various distinguished personalises to officially commission the projects he has succeeded in bringing to completion
At that ceremony, Legal luminary and human rights activist, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) was the special guest of honour when a brand new flyover bridge was being commissioned
The legal giant has this to say of Governor Nyesom Wike
"This is historical landmark achievement, Governor Wike has through the execution of numerous infrastructural projects, demonstrated transparency and accountability in the management of the resources of Rivers State"
Ozekhome noted that accountability, which he said has been the hallmark of the Wike’s administration, is the essence of governance and the essence of government.
“He has shown that it is not enough for a governor to get his monthly allocation from the revenue account under Section 162 of the constitution but without showing evidence of what you are using that money for.”
He further commended the governor for showing that investing in human capacity is the best way to live in the heart of the people.
“He has shown that he possesses the capacity to develop the people, not just in terms of infrastructure, but in terms of their education and human capacity building.”
• No doubt, history will remember Wike as a Governor who promises and keeps all his campaign promises, a virtue not common among many African leaders and politicians
* Osagie the wordsmith of this tribute is the publisher of :
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