PRESIDENT JONATHAN GOODLUCK’S VISIT TO RIVERS STATE HERALDS GOOD TIDINGS FOR THE REGION- PRINCE TONYE PRINCEWIL
President Goodluck Jonathan will on Friday 14th May 2010, arrive Port
Harcourt the Rivers State capital for a two day visit as he makes his
first official trip to a state since assumption of office last
Thursday as the President and Commander–In-Chief of the Armed Forces
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria following the demise of the late
President Alhaji Umar Musa Yar'Adua. It would be recalled that he was
billed to visit the state last week before the unfortunate incident
Speaking at an interview following the announcement of his resignation
from AC, the former leader of Rivers State Action Congress, Prince
Tonye Princewill stated that the upcoming visit of the President
should be the news worthy item of the moment since in his opinion it
is expected to herald the beginnings of the wind of positive change
that is expected to sweep the Niger Delta Region. He used the
opportunity to once again congratulate Mr. President on his new office
and wished him an eventful visit to Rivers State.
Princewill used the opportunity to further commend the President for
the far reaching strides he has taken so far in the time he held sway
as Acting President. According to Princewill, in the few months he
stood in the stead of the then ailing President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan
injected a new lease of life into the polity with the cabinet
reshuffle, his epochal visit to the US and most recently relieving
Prof. Maurice Iwu of his post as INEC Chairman a decision which has
been applauded in various quarters.
Princewill opined that the latter decision is fraught with many
positive possibilities, chief amongst them being the President's
adoption of the Electoral reforms panel report to pave the way for
free and fair Elections come 2011.
The visit according to Princewill will afford the President an
opportunity to access firsthand the developmental efforts of the Rt.
Hon. Chibuike Amaechi led administration as he continues to ensure
equitable access to the dividends of democracy for the people of the
A major highlight of the President's visit will be observing the Port
Harcourt – Owerri Road a Federal Government Road being constructed by
the Rivers State Government to ease the suffering of commuters that
uses that road, lay the foundation of the Adokie Amiesiemaka Stadium
that will host the forthcoming National Sports Festival that will be
hosted by the Rivers State Government this year, lay the foundation of
the Rivers State Monorail Initiative that is intended to revolutionize
transportation in Rivers State and a challenge to other States of the
federation, the commissioning of the Trans Amadi based Gas Turbine.
This GT project has been upgraded and is being managed through the
State Independent Power Project's (IPP) among other activities lined
up to prove to Mr. President that he is at his home.
We use this opportunity to urge the PHCN to ensure the constant
distribution of electricity generated through this Turbine to allay
the constant challenges associated with inadequate distribution.
Summing up his opinion about what the visit portends for the state,
Princewill stated that the visit is a strong indication of the
strategic position Rivers state occupies in the Nations polity and
reiterated the hope that it would herald a new beginning for the state
of things to come in the Niger Delta Region.
The Prince's resignation from AC by yesterday may be a strategic ploy
to welcome Mr. President to Rivers State as being speculated in some
quarters as he has to rush back from his London base to submit his
resignation letter to AC and to join hands with the Government and the
people of Rivers State to give Mr. President a befitting reception.
The Prince's resignation without stating what he intend to do next
gives room for further speculation on his next move though he promised
his supporters that whatever step he takes will be for the greater
interest of Rivers State and the nation at large.
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,
Media Consultant to
Prince Tonye Princewill