Rivers State Government honours Secondus, deceased security personnel

The Government and People of Rivers State on Democracy Day  honoured service personnel who died in  active service in defence of the state.

The State Government also honoured distinguished individuals who have contributed to the development of Rivers State. Among  those who received the honours were the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani and Former President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Okey Wali (SAN). The three of them alongside 17 others received Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State (DSSRS).

The honours were bestowed on the awardees by the Rivers State Governor during the State  Honours and Awards 2018 at the Alfred Diete Spiff Civic Centre, Port Harcourt on Democracy Day. 

Governor Wike said the service personnel honoured by his administration were those who died in active service between 2015 till date.

He said that the personnel were drawn from the Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Navy, Department of State Services, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.

"We are honouring those who lost their lives in the course of securing our beloved state. It is because of their sacrifices that we are seated here today.

"They laid down their lives to fight criminality in this state. These  are true heroes".

Governor Wike said that the Rivers State Government will support the families  they left behind. He said the support from the State Government will be passed unto the families  through their respective services. 

Significantly, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike recognised a voluntary selfless traffic warden, Mr Friday Opurum.

Governor Wike said the recognition of Opurum is to encourage others to invest their time and resources to develop the state. 

Another prominent honouree at the event was the President, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Mr Honour Sirawoo. 

Other Prominent Rivers indigenes were recognised posthumously by the Rivers State Governor. 

Responding on behalf of the honourees, National Chairman of PDP,  Prince Uche Secondus praised Governor Wike for working  for the development of Rivers State. 

He expressed happiness  that the recognition  from the Rivers State Government cuts across all levels of the society. 

He said Governor Wike is in the state to develop all component parts and the people. He said development has reached all local government areas of the state .

Earlier, the Chairman of the Rivers State Honours Advisory Committee, Chief Ferdinand Alabrabra said that the honourees were selected for their service to Rivers State.