Kohima, Nov. 11: Governor Nikhil Kumar inaugurated the newly constructed residence of chief minister Neiphiu Rio at Old Ministers Hill, Kohima, today.
“Nagas should present the bungalow with pride, but more than that the building should be able to portray an environment conducive and compatible to the system of the state and administration,” the governor said.
Kumar said the building would speak of a new era in the state and appreciated the oneness and unity shown by officials, the people of Nagaland, and those involved in the construction of the building, under the supervision of the chief minister.
“The feeling of oneness is a tribute to the state and is a rare event,” the governor said.
Rio, in his address, recalled that his official residence was completely razed to the ground on February 8, because of an accidental fire.
Later, the state cabinet and legislators from the ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) unanimously decided to construct a new residence for Rio on the same site with contributions from the elected members.
Rio said people from all walks of life, including service associations, village councils, Hohos, colonies, clans, NGOs, individual contractors, suppliers and many other organisations had come forward to make generous contributions towards the project.
He said construction of the new residence had been made possible because of the unity among government legislators, technocrats, the goodwill and support of the people.
Commenting on the successful completion of the project in a record time of nine months, he said anything was possible if people were united.
“The burning down of the chief minister’s house was a blessing in disguise, because it was not only Rio’s house but also the house of the Nagas. It was burnt down to ashes but we could rebuild it with the strength of unity,” he said.
The new house will be named “House of Hope”, he said, adding that he was optimistic that leaders would carry forward the hope. Earlier, the chief guest had also released a coffee table book.
Former chief minister of Nagaland S.C.Jamir and governor of Goa and Maharashtra, Padmashree Chubala Shilu, cabinet ministers, parliamentary secretaries, government officials and other invitees attended the inauguration programme of the official residence of the chief minister. Rio, 62, also celebrated his birthday at the state banquet hall today.