Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has honoured 162 distinguished Nigerians for their inspirational achievements, impactful life and contributions to the progress of the State in particular and the nation in general.
Among those honoured are eight State governors, nine former governors of other States, lawyers and others who have demonstrated a high level of loyalty to the nation, excellence in public service, commitment to equity, equality, and justice in the country and love for the Government and the people of Rivers State.
Governor Wike presented the awards to the awardees during the State Honours and Awards ceremony 2022 which held at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Port Harcourt on Saturday night.
The award were in four categories, namely: the Grand Service stat of Rivers State (GSSRS), the Distinguished Service State of Rivers State (DSSRS), the Governor’s Medal of Service (GMS) and the Rivers State Merit Award (RSMA).
Those conferred with Rivers’ most prestigious award, the Grand Service Star of Rivers State (GSSRS) are governors Samuel Ortom (Benue), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa) and David Umahi (Ebonyi).
Others include former governors, Olabode George, Jonah Jang, Donald Duke, Ayodele Fayose, Ibrahim Idris, Olusegun Mimiko, Theodore Orji, Dr Ibrahim Dankwanbo and Adams Oshiomhole.
110 distinguished personalities were conferred with the Distinguished Service State of Rivers State (DSSRS), they include wives of the governors of Rivers and Oyo, Hon. Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike and Mrs. Tamunominini Makinde; Mrs. Onari Donald Duke, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN.
Rivers State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Simeon Amadi, Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Zacchaeus Adangor, SAN; Senator Olaka Nwogu, Sir Siminilayi Fubara, Prof. Ngozi Odu, Chief Dan Orbih , His Majesty, Dr. Dandeson Douglas Jaja, Prof. Jerry Gana, Emmauel Ukala, SAN, Chief Nnaemeka Ngige, SAN, Prof. Isa Hayatu Chiroma, SAN among others.
similarly, 33 personalities were presented with the Governor’s Medal of Service (GMS), and two others, Mr. Oruwuru Pere Shedrack and Mrs. Patience Nwogu, with the Rivers State Merit Award (RSMA).
In his remarks, governor Wike, who explained that the State honours and awards was solely the initiative of former governor, Dr. Peter Odili, remarked that everyone bestowed with an award on Saturday night had distinguished themselves by their good character, personal achievements and positive contributions to society.
He said: “I want to say to all of you that, Ortom, Seyi, Ugwuanyi, Ikpeazu, Fintiri (you are not with us, you are with your uncle), in terms of principle, these young men are the people you can trust any day any time.
The governor said the honours advisory committee had nominated an array of Senior Advocates of Nigeria who have been at the forefront of Rivers State numerous legal battles with the federal government and other states.
e, Abubakar Malami, SAN, who spoke on behalf of the awardees, said governor Wike has taken governance to the next level.
“You have indeed demonstrated what it takes to be accommodative, what it takes to be a bridge builder, a builder of bridges across the Niger. You have established a bridge, we are happy crossing over to come around for the purpose of identifying with you in the expression of excellence attributed to the service of the nation, Rivers state.”