PORT HARCOURT — Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, has urged Nigerians to insist on good governance and the conduct of transparent elections in the country.
Meantime, the people of Etche in Rivers State have reaffirmed their loyalty to Governor Amaechi of the state, describing his administration as a huge success.
His Majesty, Onyishi-Etche, E.M.B. Opurum, Chief Ambrose Nwuzi and others, who spoke during a solidarity visit to the governor, yesterday, at Government House, Port Harcourt, lauded the achievement of the governor since he came on board.
They condemned what they viewed as plots to destabilise the governor because of his transparency and sense of justice, adding that he should continue to remain calm and focused in the face of provocations from his political foes.
“We have come to reaffirm our undying faith in your administration. We have come to say we are with you. We cannot pretend to be on the fence, and we have no intention, whatsoever, as an ethnic nation to stand on the fence. We stand where we should, and we have the mandate of our traditional father, His Majesty, the Onyishi Etche, his council of chiefs, elders and people of Etche land to assure you that we are standing by you. This is our position, and our position remains unshaken and undiluted.
“We have watched with great concern, attempts to cause confusion, chaos and instability in our great state. Worst of all, the deliberate effort by persons, who do not wish Rivers people well to pull you and the administration that we voted for, down on account of your strength of character, sense of transparency, blunt support for democracy and truth,” he added.
Meanwhile, Amaechi, who spoke at a conference of the state council on information in Port Harcourt, yesterday, noted that laxity among the electorate was responsible for weak governance in Nigeria.
“`The people should demand for transparent election and good governance and where they do not, they are 80 per cent of the problem. Insist that election must be transparent; nobody will give you your right, demand for it and claim it,” the governor said.
He said that his administration had completed 250 modern primary schools, which would be delivered to the host communities in September.
Amaechi said that his administration had been addressing the problem of a large number of pupils in classrooms to ensure proper learning for the children.
He also said that the administration would deliver six new model secondary schools to communities in September.
Amaechi said that students of the schools would be equipped with laptops, tablets, beds and free feeding for nine months after which the parents would take over responsibility of their training.
He also said his administration would inaugurate the “Unity bridge“ linking two coastal communities, Opobo and Ikuru, to land transportation, in January.
The governor said his administration had also built a new school of nursing and that students would move into the facility in December.
He said that the cultural centre and many other projects were nearing completion, adding that his administration released money for the building of a new Rivers FM station.
Amaechi said that the government also approved money for building a new printing press for the state newspaper, Nigerian Tide, and the building of a brand new digitised Rivers State Television.
He said that the projects had yet to begin as the release of the funds was still going through the Public Procurement process.