Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has directed the immediate development of coastline communities for the economic benefit of the state.
Commissioner for Information and Communications, Dr. Austin Tam-George, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen at the Port Harcourt Tourist Beach, during the boat regatta, organized to celebrate the Golden Jubilee anniversary of the state.
Tam-George pointed out that Rivers State had one of the longest coastlines in West Africa, with a plethora of untapped natural potentials, but acknowledged that these treasures have been ignored for decades.
He said the period of the Golden Jubilee celebration provides a new spirit of cultural renaissance to tap into the natural beauty of the water bodies and upgrade existing facilities for full economic benefits.
On the boat regatta, he explained that the event was a unique opportunity to display the aesthetics and cultural values of the state, through the waterways which serve as an aquatic stadium.
On upland/riverine dichotomy, which dominated the past, Tam-George said the concept of political dichotomy, was “false, divisive and a retrogressive analysis,”, advanced by short-sighted politicians to grab political power.
He said no dichotomy existed in Rivers State as there was a bond of brotherhood among the various ethnic nationalities in the state.
Tam-George assured the commitment of the Nyesom Wike-led administration to always provide the enabling environment for genuine business activities to strive in the state.
He said the celebration of the Golden Jubilee anniversary has put Rivers State in the centre stage of public discourse because of ongoing important events.