The Civic Centre along Moscow Road Port Harcourt was filled to the brim when Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi came with his lovely wife, Judith Amaechi and other executive members of his executive council came to render account to the people of Rivers State on his stewardship for the past two years.
Falling back on his mission statement which stated thus and I quote “Our Mission is to serve our people with humility and render transparent and accountable services. We shall use our God given resources to improve the quality of life of the present and future generations and empower our people in a peaceful, just and harmonious society under God.
Declaring Governor Amaechi said that by God’s divine providence he assumed office as Governor on October 26, 2009, during the wilderness period preceding the landmark judgement of the Supreme Court which was instrumental to his installation, vowed to God that everyday of his four years, he will be committed to the service of the people of Rivers State and to the best of his abilities strive to keep this vow.
He revealed, “I have never desired power for personal aggrandisement if any ambition, it was an opportunity to serve.
“The challenges of Governance are far more arduous than you ever imagine. Each day revealed new challenges and new obstacles and each has been taken as an opportunity to explore possibilities for improvement.
Rt. Hon. Amaechi said that the period under review has been eventful, giving it a good shot but much more remains to be done.
He said the following is a fair objective and balanced sector account of our stewardship in the past two years, comprising complete disclosure of the revenue profile of the state by the various Ministries Departments and Agencies.
His Excellency Governor Amaechi told the people of Rivers State that the Greater Port Harcourt City Project is now on stream. The vision is to transform the Greater Port Harcourt Area into a world class city, internationally recognised for excellence and the preferred destination for investors and tourism.
Pursuant to this a sum of N50,000,000,000.00 (Fifty billion naira) is provided for the Authority in this year’s fiscal appropriation.
On the education sector in the state Rt. Hon. Amaechi contended that it has witnessed a tremendous infrastructural decay over time which declared a state of emergency in the sector currently we are building 250 Model Primary Schools across the state when completed will provide modern facilities and equipment for use by pupil and teachers in the state. Some of which include but not limited to classrooms, (14) libraries, Auditoriums, Toilets (16) staff common rooms, headmasters offices. The first phase of the 250 model primary school at advanced stages with each work plan pursued vigorously.
Model Secondary Schools in the same view is currently built for each local government area in the state which will provide facilities such as laboratory/workshop (2) Dormitory (6) Twin Bathroom (6) Town House (2) Sports Fields, Demonstration Farm and other modern facilities. Construction work has commenced in majority of the local government areas while process to commence in other local government are being explored.
On Health, the Governor explained that they have adopted a system of health care with provision of quality and standard health facility. Provision of efficient effective and affordable health services.
Availability of well qualified and motivated staff at all health facilities and provision of health services in vulnerable groups at government cost.
Embarked on the construction of 160 primary health centres replacing the dilapidated ones. So far six (6) has been commissioned and are in use. They are Churchill Road Port Harcourt, Okochiri Okrika, Okija in Diobu, Elekahia Port Harcourt, Ndoni and Rumueme. Forty-five (45) others are in various stages of completion.
Finally, Governor Amaechi told the people of Rivers State that two hundred doctors (200) had been employed.
On transportation, this is built on a holistic reform. Embarking on the following. Building of the 1st phase of bus stops consisting 59 bus stops along Lagos bus stop, Aba Road on the Aba Road corridors.
The next phase Ikwerre Road corridor, Education bus stop, Rumuokoro is being projected for 2009.
Development of site for construction of four (4) mega ultra modern terminals. Development of 50 taxis as internal mass transit within Port Harcourt metropolis etc. “My Administration has strived relentlessly to ensure that Rivers State meets its energy need through a sustainable framework that will support the state’s economic growth.
Aligning the Port Harcourt new transport scheme with the Greater Port Harcourt, master plan, construction of monorail in Port Harcourt purchase of (5) fire water taxis from Portugal, two are already delivered.
On Ministry of Works, the Governor of Rivers State said that he has mandated the ministry to build sustainable roads and infrastructure that will drive economic growth with the aim to leverage on world class infrastructure to attract investors.
In the past twenty four years we have made strides in this sector, 15 metres of Road under construction, 10 major bridges under construction, 20 minor bridges under construction, 4 flyover interchange under construction, 5 land reclamation shore protection (Andoni), Opobo, Buguma, Abalama, Olombie, Owukiri Island.
A minimum of N100 billion is invested annually on roads, and bridge infrastructures. 2 major markets and shopping malls are under construction. 70% of roads in rural areas, 30% on Greater Port Harcourt metropolis currently on ground. A total of 25 roads duly completed.
Finally, Governor Amaechi told the good people of Rivers State that they are aware of the enormous socio-economic problems and will continue by God’s grace to do his utmost best to improve the quality of lives of the people of Rivers State.
Restating his commitment to service to the good people of Rivers State. He said without the tremendous Goodwill and Support you have shown us, these past two years and not much would have been accomplished.
We do not and will never take your support for granted. Our legitimacy is founded on your continued support as we were one year ago we remain committed to your well being and welfare and we remain focused on serving you better.” Amaechi said.
Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi’s brief history. Those days as a child we used to make ends meet in his family. Humility has been his watchword. He fetches water, hawks, and plays his street ball with his friends. But whatever God has destined to be must surely come to be.
Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was born on May 27 1965 in a small village setting known as Umordu-Ubima in Ikwerre Ethnic nation of the present Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State Nigeria.
Endowed with high intelligence and a fertile mind. He started his primary education at St. Theresa Primary School Ubima where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in 1976. He later attended the Government Secondary School Okolobiri now in Bayelsa State where he sat and passed his West African School Certificate Examination in 1982. Thereafter he gained admission into the University of Port Harcourt and graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. He later obtained a master degree in English from the same university.
While in the university he exhibited great leadership potentials and was elected President of the National Union of Rivers State Students (NURSS), the platform he peaceable organised and co-ordinate the affairs of Rivers State Students. This is possibly his exposure to practical politics. He worked briefly as PRO to Pamo Clinics in Port Harcourt. Became Speaker of Rivers House of Assembly for eight years and was declared as the best speaker in Nigeria.