#OurStateOurResponsibility, an initiative of the Rivers State Ministry of Information and Communications began on July 31, 2019 to mobilize those living and doing business in the State to join hands with the government to change the negative narrative about Rivers State.

It is designed to make those doing business in the State understand that there is a shared prosperity to protect; that the prosperity of the State is the prosperity of those living in it.

The Vision

#OurStateOurResponsibility is birthed with the belief that Rivers State is blessed with abundant natural and human resources. But over the years some misguided elements and enemies of the state decided to de-market it, to make it look like a theatre of violence and other evil.

Under my watch, as then Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information and Communications, Rivers State, I got this vision to change the negative narrative about Rivers State, to showcase the potentials of Rivers State as the tourism and investment destination of choice. 

This vision is anchored on the belief that all those who live and do business in Rivers State, should as a matter of fact, understand that they have a shared prosperity to protect. That they need to join hands with His Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, the Governor of Rivers State who has redefined governance with audacious transformation of the state in infrastructure, education, healthcare, agriculture, human capital development, housing, sports development, women affairs, social welfare, amongst others.

That this was birthed as a clarion call to ensure that we begin to tell our story as Rivers people or as those who live and do business in Rivers State. That we begin to tell our story, and not allow people tell stories about Rivers State, together we begin to make Rivers State that destination of choice that His Excellency is envisioning for the state.

So far, all the major stakeholder groups in the state, the clergy, the media, the military, the paramilitary groups, the civil society groups, professional organizations are all bought into this vision. And we are excited that everyone who lives and does business in Rivers State believes in the leadership of Governor Nyesom Wike, and they also believe that together they can change the narrative about this state and make it a place that is open for business.

Also in using this vision to project the rich culture of Rivers State, and our cuisine, which is second to none. With this vision we believe that Rivers State will occupy a pride of place in the comity of states in Nigeria.

Thank you.

Pastor Paulinus Nsirim

Honorable Commissioner for Information and Communications, Rivers State.