South-South Govs To Renew Joint Efforts At Boosting Revenue Base

IN the face of the present economic recession in the country, the governors of South-South States are working on renewed collaborations geared towards strengthening the revenue base of the region.
The governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesome Wike disclosed this when the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Monday Igbuya led members of Delta State Sixth Assembly on a courtesy call on the governor at Government House, Port Harcourt.
The Rivers State governor told the visiting Delta State House of Assembly lawmakers that the governments of South-South states require a robust relationship to move the region forward.
He stated that the States were bound by common destiny, stressing the need for all to be focused and united in championing the development of the region.
Governor Wike noted that the region was safe for investment, noting that with the dwindling economy in the country, all must synergise to find a way out of the ugly situation.
He commended the Delta State House of Assembly for the retreat in Port Harcourt and directed the Speaker of the River State House of Assembly to set in motion modalities for a similar retreat for River State legislators in Delta State.
Governor Wike stated that a functional legislature was required for democracy to thrive in Nigeria, saying that River state would not be an exception.
The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Monday Igbuya said the South-South region was key to growth of Nigeria as a nation, maintaining that all stakeholders must give priority to the development of the region.
Hon Igbuya congratulated Mr Wike for his victory at the poll despite the challenges faced, describing the governor as a dogged fighter saying, that his efforts have returned River State to the PDP.
He informed the governor that the members of the Sixth Assembly of Delta State were in Port Harcourt for capacity building exercise and commended the people for the hospitality.
The Speaker, River State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Ibani Ikuyi expressed happiness over the legislative retreat in Port Harcourt, saying that a comparative study was necessary in the legislature.
Rt Hon Ikuyi promised that the River State House will sustain a good working relationship with the Delta State House of Assembly for the benefit of the two states.
Some top officials of the River State government, including the deputy governor, were all at the council chamber to join governor Wike in playing host to the Delta State legislators.