The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said that any governor or political leader that fails to appreciate the political and economic relevance of non-indigenes in the society does so at his own peril.
Governor Wike’s opinion was made when a group called ‘indigenes without boarders’ met with him at the State Government House in Port Harcourt, the state’s capital.
While acknowledging the role that non-indigenes who are residents in the state played in the 2015 elections that led to his victory, Governor Wike said the people will continue to enjoy full participation in the politics and the economy of the state.
The National Leader of the group, who is also a Commissioner in the State, Emeka Onowu noted that the appointment of a woman from Edo State as the Chief Judge of the state was an indication that anyone who meant well could aspire to be anything in the state.
In January, the Rivers State Governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, sworn-in the newly appointed Justice Adama Iyayi-Laminkanra as the new Acting Chief Judge of River State.
This follows the retirement of Justice Daisy Okocha, as the first female Chief Judge of the State.
Mr Wike reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to continue to accord women their rightful positions in government, no matter the circumstances.
He noted that women would continue to enjoy more than 35 per cent of appointments in his administration; noting that women occupy about 70 per cent in different positions.