Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.
I thank God for the opportunity, once again, to present this budget address as the Governor of our State. I am most grateful to the people of Rivers State for the honour and privilege of piloting the affairs of the State for the last three and half years.
By Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo DVM, PhD.
I am a terminal optimist; 'a believer' in Nigeria's future greatness, that is why three years ago, I would not have believed a bag of rice could be sold for the national minimum wage. With 87million extremely poor people and 13million children out of school in 2018, the mighty has indeed fallen and change has come. Now I know 'all things' are possible in a country ruled by incompetent 'saints'. We have mass starvation in the North East, yet a clan of 'Grass cutters' are making their billions and smiling to the bank with the blood of hungry, homeless children, and internally displaced people in their hands. We hear rumors of 'Bama Initiatives' yet the fraternity in power manufactures internal solutions and our conniving cabinet of 'saints' watch in silence. They seek another term for their inaction, they call out the nation to pray for God to bless their cluelessness while we wait forever, for just anyone to answer the 'grass cutter's' question; 'who is the presidency?'
Some aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress, who fail to withdraw their court cases instituted against the national leadership of the party over the outcome of the party's primaries, may be expelled.
Igbo archeologists, historians, writers, scholars and intellectuals have done extensive researches in a bid to establish the origin of the Igbo race, but despite their powerful documentations, some of which appear incontrovertible, where the Igbos come from remains controversial.
It is no longer in doubt that Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike is coasting seamlessly to a second term in 2019. This is because the governor enjoys the support of all segments of the state.