Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has sought the prayers of the people of the state to enable him finish strong, as his government gets into its last days.
He has also said that his successor, Siminialayi Fubara will exceed the performance of his administration.
Saying that the successes recorded by his administration was possible because of the unrelenting prayers of the church, Wike said similar support should also be extended to the incoming government of Fubara to succeed.
He spoke during the dedication of the First Baptish Church, in Isiodu. The church was built by the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, chief Emeka Woke.
Wike who was represented by the Secretary to Rivers State government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, said God has been the anchor of his administration, and urged the church not to relent in offering prayers to God on behalf of the incoming administration to succeed also.
“As we round up as a government, we will urge you to continue to pray for us because we know that the anchor of this government is God almighty. And with your prayer, we’ll continue to record successes as we handover to the next government which we know will also be anchored on the Almighty and succeed even more than we have done.”
The governor said his administration can beat its chest and boast that it has done well, having exceeded even the expectation of sceptics. He however, emphasised that the support of the church was instrumental to achievements of his administration.
“We can beat our chest to say we have done well, but we know we couldn’t have done things well if not for the support of the church, if not for the prayers of all of you.”
The president, Rivers Baptist Conference, The Rev. Dr. Robert O. Okparanta, who dedicated the church building, thanked God for giving Woke the heart and resources to start and complete the church project.
Rev. Okparanta noted that it was in the heart of king David to build a temple for God in Jerusalem, but it was his son, king Solomon who eventually achieved the feat. According to him, because of this God blessed king Solomon exceedingly and caused him to have a peaceful reign.
“It was (King) Solomon that built that temple, finished the building, dedicated the building and he enjoyed the dividends of construction and dedication of that building. Every time in history that people have put resources together to build a house of God there has been plenty of blessings, benefits, dividends that God has given to them. This one will not be exception.”
In his remarks, Woke, said he was grateful to God for placing it in his heart to build the church, and also for providing the needed resources to accomplish the project.