Nyesom Wike, the immediate past Governor of Rivers State, has promised President Bola Tinubu that he will not be sorry for appointing him to serve as a minister in his administration.
Wike made this known when he went before the Senate on Monday afternoon for screening as a ministry nominee at the National Assembly complex in Abuja.
Wike, the lone Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain on the cabinet list provided to the upper legislative chamber last Thursday, came at the National Assembly earlier this afternoon with his wife and several associates.
The former governor while introducing himself during the screening, gave a brief rundown of his public service from Chairman of one of the biggest local government areas in Rivers State to Chief of Staff to Rivers State Governor, to a minister under former President Jonathan’s administration and then 2-term governor of Rivers State.
I am committed to this job
Wike told the Senators that during his time as governor of the oil-rich Niger Delta state from May 2015 to May 2023, he started and completed many projects to improve the infrastructure of the state and that he invited politicians across party lines to commission them.
- Wike said, “These things can be achieved if you are committed, if you have passion for the job.’’
- He said there are many former governors who desire to be a minister but who don’t have passion the serve Nigerians.
- He said, “There are so many people who wants to be ministers for the sake that ‘I was a governor’, for the sake that ‘I was a minister’ but there are those who say, ‘Look, what do I have to offer? Am I committed to this job?’
- “I thank Mr President for nominating me. I believe, knowing how hungry Mr President is to solving the problems of Nigeria, we have no choice but to give him that required support. And I can assure you, if I am confirmed in whatever capacity, Mr President will not regret nominating me.’