The Rivers State Governor, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has said that the new version of the petroleum Act now before the National Assembly would further impoverish the Niger Delta.
Governor Amaechi, who said this at the 10th anniversary lecture in honour of Evans Osi, founder/publisher of Port Harcourt –based Independent Monitor newspaper said that the framers of the new Petroleum Act did not take into cognizance the crisis in the Niger Delta.
He also said that the government’s advice on appointment in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was disregarded.
The governor, whose lecture was entitled “Repositioning the Niger Delta through Good Governance, the Rivers State example”, said that the developmental philosophy of his administration was anchored on fairness and equity.
According to him, it was his belief that if there was good governance in the state, there would be no need for sectional complains, noting that in line with this, every local government areas in the state is witnessing one form of development or the other.
He noted that the state is witnessing great strides in the areas of road construction, health and education, peace and security, and power supply.
The chairman of the occasion, who is also a member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Emohua/Ikwerre Federal Constituency,, Chief Andrew Uchendu said that the late Evans Osi was a trail-blazer as far as the journalism profession was concerned in the state.
Chief Uchendu said that the late Osi deserved commendation from the society in view of his contribution towards its development.