News has it that at least 12,430 cultists have surrendered to the Rivers State Amnesty Committee.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on Monday has revealed that at least 12,430 cultists have allegedly surrendered and have returned 911 assorted arms to the Rivers State Amnesty Programme.
The information was given during a Town Hall meeting and Accountability Forum in Port Harcourt to mark the second anniversary of the Wike-led administration.
Wike said the Rivers State Amnesty Programme has helped reduce cult-related violence and other criminal activities in the state.
He further informed that 7,661 assorted ammunitions and 147 explosives have so far been recovered from repentant cultists through the programme.
The governor highlighted that at least 150 patrol vehicles have been handed over to security agencies to help them fight crime throughout the state.
He also mentioned that some gunboats have been handed to the Nigerian Navy by the government for security and patrol of the Rivers Waterways.
Wike said that in the past two years his government has invested heavily in infrastructure which has brought about a boom in economic activities in the state.
According to the governor, 13 General Hospitals in 13 Local Government Areas were currently under reconstruction while the ones that have been completed are awaiting furnishing and inauguration.
“We are also completing the regional hospitals started by the immediate past administration, located in Etche and Degema councils to serve as referral centres for secondary and tertiary health care,” he added.
He stated that the government has disbursed over four million US dollars to equip and upgrade the Braithwait Memorial Hospital to international standard.
The gesture as explained by Wike is to make the hospital serve as a Teaching Hospital for the Rivers State University Medical School until the permanent site was constructed.
He added that dying businesses in the state are gradually being revived while more local and foreign businesses are also springing up in the state.