Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Tuesday hosted leaders of the state to a New Year State Banquet to herald the sustained development of the state.
The Rivers State New Year Banquet attracted leaders of the Executive, Legislature, Judiciary, the business community, civil society and professional groups.
It was a night laced with comedy and music, while the leaders were treated to assorted food and drinks in celebration of the New Year.
Guests were also treated to the international dance drama, Seki, which showcase the rich Rivers culture of Okrika, Ikwerre and Kalabari.
Toasts were moved for the Rivers State Legislature by Justice L-C Thompson, for the Executive by Minority Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Benibo Anabraba and for the State Judiciary by Commissioner of Environment, Prof Roseline Konya.
Governor Wike and his wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike led other dignitaries to cut the Special New Year Cake.
Speaking on behalf of the Rivers State Governor, Deputy Governor Ipalibo Harry Banigo assured that the State Government will continue to defend the interest of the state.
The governor noted that his administration will sustain the development of the state in 2019.
In an opening remark, Head of Service, Rufus Godwins said that Rivers people are happy with the developmental exploits of Governor Wike, hence they will support him in 2019.