Rivers State governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, has said that the painful general hardship flowing from the country’s economic crisis affects all Nigerians, hence all hands must be on deck to resolve the challenges.
He also said that his administration had already established a working framework to shield the people of Rivers State from the effects of the economic downturn.
He spoke, yesterday, at Saint Cyprian’s Anglican Church, Port Harcourt, during the inter-denominational church service to mark Nigeria’s 56th Independence Anniversary.
He said: “The hardship that flows from the economic downturn affects all Nigerians, irrespective of the political party they belong to, or whether they don’t belong to political parties.
“That is why we must work together to ensure that we end the economic recession. It is in our interest as a nation that we continue to build alliances, as this economic recession cannot be resolved through methods that exclude other stakeholders.”
The governor added that Rivers State will continue to be viable with the state government executing pro-people projects, whether or not Nigeria is in recession.
He urged Nigerians to celebrate the fact that the country was still united despite the different challenges that it had faced over the years.
He called for more prayers for the country to make sustained progress in the coming years.
In his sermon, Bishop of Anglican Niger Diocese, Rt. Reverend Raphael Ebirien, urged the Federal Government to focus on resolving the current economic recession as Nigerians were suffering.
He also called for justice, fair play and equitable distribution of resources to reduce the level of marginalisation under the current situation in the country.
The interdenominational church service was attended by leading clerics in Rivers State, service Commanders and officials of the Rivers State Government.