Amaechi commenced last week with projects inspection. On Sunday, he visited the Ogoni/Andoni/Opobo Unity Road where he disclosed that the State Government has released the sum of N1 billion to fasten the pace of work.
He said, “ we have disbursed one billion naria to the contractors to facilitate job on the road. The one billion naira was from the N30 billion we accessed from the savings, and we hope that the contractors will increase the pace of work”.
The governor though said the pace of work was slow due to funding, went on to state that Opobo Town was 6 kilometres from the last bridge that will link Kalaibiama, but with the release of N1 billion, he assured that work would go as expected.
The governor also received students of the University of Port Harcourt who came tops at the just concluded Nigeria University Games (NUGA), and assured them of government support.
He went straight to the state House of Assembly, where he delivered “State of the Nation address.” He argued that the nation’s centenary celebrations was a waste of fund considering the current state of affairs in the country.
Amaechi observed, “sadly as leaders, we must admit the truth which stares us in the face. It is the fact that our country is drifting perceptibly into dangerous waterfall”.
Citing a recent poll conducted by the All Progressives Congress (APC), the governor said, “60 per cent of those polled worried that the current federal administration is doing bad job of fighting corruption, while an overwhelming number wanted to see government address the employment gap by creating more jobs and reducing poverty”.
The governor further emphasised, that, “a country is not simply judged by how long its democratic structures have been up, but by the very substance of those structures and what they represent in the eyes of its people”.
On Tuesday, Governor Amaechi played host to the prelate of the Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim, Dr Aruba Onyeneolu at Government House. Speaking through his deputy, Engr Tele Ikuru, the governor said the church remains the foundation of his administration, hence the government has always looked to God during the time of adversity.
Amaechi insisted that, “God is the determinat of all we have done and the next we will do before we leave office”.
On Wednesday after the weekly state Executive Council meeting, Rt Hon Amaechi took time off to inspect some ongoing projects in the state. After visiting the ongoing Peter Odili, Woji-Akpajo Link Road, he also inspected the ongoing Elioparanwo Road.
At Elioparanwo Road, he said government will leave no abandoned project, while promising to prioritise on delivering state infrastructure. “I’am paid to do this job I’am employed by Rivers people, so I’am bound to deliver. The responsibility of a governor is to deliver on infrastructure, the lives and wellbeing of the citizens and ensure that they have security”.
Also within the week, the governor, paid condolence visit to the family of late Patrick Gbaraba.
He said the late Patrick Gbaraba was a nice gentleman who believed in God and his visit to the bereaved family was to identify, honour and sympathise with them on behalf of his family and the good people of Rivers State.
On Wenesday, the governor played host to House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster. The committee led by Rt Hon Ifedayo Abegunde from Ondo State, was in the state to ascertain the level of damage from last year’s Mile 1 Market fire.
Calling on the committee to carry out its duties judiciously, Rt Hon Amaechi remarked, “I must say that, at different occasions, you have risen to defenc democracy. You have a big assignment, the assignment is not natural but also man made disasters.”
Ex-APC National Chairman Tasks Party On Responsive Leadership
Chief John Odigie-oyegun, former National Chairman, All Progressives Congress APC), has charged the party’s leaders to be more progressive and responsive to the people.
He said this at the public presentation of a book”APC’S Litmus Test, Nigerian Democracy and Politics of Change”, written by Dr Salihu Lukman, Director-General, Progressives Congress Forum (PGF) in Abuja, yesterday.
“We are in charge today, a progressive government, a progressive regime, and I think it is proper that we show to the nation that when the people want some degree of change, “we should be responsive to it, we should address it, compromises have to be made, there’s no question about that,” Odigie-Oyegun said.
He added that the APC document on true federalism was still being worked upon before its release.
Odigie-Oyegun said the ideas of people from different parts of the country would be different up to the extent that they would want to go with the proposals in the document.
He said it was however, necessary, vital and mandatory in the interest of the survival of the country that issues regarding federalism were addressed.
“We cannot continue to allow the subject to become something that threatens our nation at any turn.
“So, the earlier we address it, the earlier we show that as a party we are responsive to the feelings of the people, the desires of the people and the wants of the people.
“It becomes easier then, to diffuse the kind of stresses that the nation is passing through today,”Odigie-Oyegun said.
He added that for those at the formation of the APC, the uniqueness of its Constitution and its manifesto promised change was meant by all members with their hearts and beings.
He said unfortunately, the forces of economics had made things not quite the way it was planned.
The APC former national chairman said there was need for the party members to do everything possible to keep it not just alive but very virile.
He added that in spite of general belief, the APC was one party that had put together things that meant hope for the country.
He said the fact that things were bad and people were angry and hungry was not questionable, saying that these were worldwide phenomenon.
Odigie-Oyegun decried the current security challenge in the country.
“It is my hope that we will begin to get control of the security of this nation,” he said.
PDP Rep Harps On Justice, Dialogue To Secure Nigeria
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), House of Representatives member has enjoined Nigerian leaders to tow the path of justice, equity, dialogue, and rule of law in the country.
Rep. Toby Okechukwu, the Deputy Minority Leader of the House, said this in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja to commemorate the Democracy Day
He added that such path would help to arrest worsening insecurity and arrest separatist agitations across the country.
Okechukwu said that opportunities still abound in preserving the nation’s democracy and reconstruct the union to a more workable piece.
He said that June 12 was designated Democracy Day in honour of a symbol of the nation’s democratic struggles, the late Chief MKO Abiola.
He added that Abiola was unjustly denied the opportunity to exercise an overwhelmingly popular mandate handed him by the Nigerian people on June 12 1993, but only to be celebrated at death.
“The greatest debt the governments and leaders of Nigeria owe every part of this country and every Nigerian is a sense of justice and equity according to the letters and spirit of our constitution.
“The golden rule of justice is to do unto others as you would have them to unto you,” he said.
He called on the Federal Government to take conscious steps to do things that would promote national unity and earn it loyalty.
He also called on leaders to be proactive in creating a clement environment for peace to reign to arrest the present security challenges in the country.
Okechukwu commended the leaders of the South East and the Federal Government for the June 11, dialogue in Enugu to deescalate tension in the region.
He stated that it was a right step that should be sustained and replicated nationwide, while wishing Nigerians a happy Democracy Day.
Democracy Day: PDP Lawmakers Wants Observance Of Rule Of Law
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has called for strict observance of the rule of law to improve democratic practice in the country.
The caucus made the call in a statement by its Leader, Rep. Kingsley Chinda (PDP-Rivers) last Saturday in Abuja.
Chinda called for an environment that would guarantee freedom of speech and standard operations for the fourth estate of the realm.
The lawmaker stressed the need to place greater value on Nigerian lives and for decisive and pragmatic steps to end the avoidable deaths in the country.
He called on the government to restrain the Police and other security agencies from further unleashing violence on unarmed youths and other peaceful protesters.
“They choose to go out and exercise their rights in commemoration of Democracy Day.
“June 12 is a symbol of democratic freedom and supremacy of the people’s power and should be respected by ensuring that all the tenets of democracy are adhered to in all ramifications.
“June 12 is not only about introspection, it is about renewing the commitments of all to the growth of democracy in our dear county.
“It is about ensuring that our country is never again enveloped by darkness, hemmed to the abyss by the sinister forces that threaten our collective rights and freedoms,” he said.
Chinda urged all Nigerians to hold on to democratic principles in spite of the challenges facing the country saying that “good will triumph over evil.”
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