Amaechi Gives Account Of Stewardship


The Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi has given account of his stewardship to the state House of Assembly as part of activities to mark the celebration of his two years administration in the state. Speaking during a special interactive session of the House held on Thursday at the Assembly chambers he thanked members of the state legislature for the robust support given his administration within the two years of uninterrupted leadership in the state adding that he did envisage to have such support from the legislature after his eight years of leadership as speaker. He disclosed that while serving as the speaker of the state House of Assembly, he laid the foundation for the legislature to support in the development of the state as well as, for the people to have a legislature that they would be proud of. The governor informed the lawmakers that in the next few months to come he would approach the House with the 2010 appropriation bill and appealed to the legislators to give the bill necessary attention it deserves for its passage into law. The state chief executive told the lawmakers that his administration is laying a solid foundation on the educational development of the state adding that a bill on corporate social responsibility would soon be sent to the state assembly for passage. He disclosed that work has commenced on the new site of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), while, some of the new model primary school buildings under construction would soon be commissioned for use assuring that the state government would continue to pay scholarship to Rivers students. On the health sector, governor Amaechi re-emphasized the commitment and determination of his government to improve on the healthcare delivery system in the state adding that the end of this year about 100 functional healthcare centres constructed by this administration would be commissioned to reduce infant mortality in the state. He said that about 200 midwives have so far been employed by the state government as a way to boast healthcare delivery services to the people of the state. Governor Amaechi also told the lawmakers that the state government is planning to build a metropolitan city through road networking listing Bori in Khana and Ahoada East Local Government areas as vivid examples. He stated that land is being reclaimed at Opobo, Andoni, Abalama and Ogu/Bolo local government areas as a way to make land available in the coastal areas of the state. He also disclosed that the state government would on November15, test run the trans Amadi Gas Turbine project which according to him would provide 100 megawatts of electricity generation to the state adding that work on reconstruction of convention and distribution network has also commenced. On waterfront demolition, governor Amaechi said there was no going back on the decision taken so far. “Waterfronts must be demolished. We have to liberate Port Harcourt City by demolishing waterfronts”, Amaechi stated. He appealed to the people of the state to give peace a chance so that more development could be sustained. The forum provided an opportunity for the lawmakers to pour encomium on Governor Amaechi’s administration in the state.