FOrmer Rivers State governor and Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has said that security of lives and property of Rivers people and human capital development were his key achievements as governor of Rivers State between 2007 and 2015.
Amaechi also said he did not sleep, but he was fighting insecurity so that the people could sleep with their two eyes closed.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja yesterday, Amaechi recalled that as at the time he assumed office in 2007, the security situation in the state was so bad that residents lived in palpable fear of their lives even as there was heavy military presence which forced people to raise their hands as they walked on the streets of Port Harcourt.
Amaechi said, “When I became the governor of River State, the people were living in fear, there was curfew, killings, kidnappings and all forms of criminality was everywhere in the State.
“There was a heavy military presence and people were walking with their hands raised up. I took away the soldiers from the streets because I provided social and physical security. I enhanced the wage bill of the Police Force by paying them allowances, and all that was to protect the citizens and I created opportunities for people to get employed. So, I confronted those insecurity challenges and brought back hope and sanity to the state. I worked tirelessly with the security agencies and ensured that people could move freely and do their businesses without fear or molestation. Businesses started springing up again in all parts of the state and people could go to night clubs and live free, peaceful lives. I stayed awake and fought insecurity to a standstill for Rivers people to sleep”.
“I also focused on what I call social security. Social security includes creating employment for the people. I had said to people, the responsibility of government is to provide legitimate economy. The day you don’t provide legitimate economy for the people, they will provide for themselves illegitimate economy.
What is illegitimate economy? Armed robbery, kidnapping, theft etc..,” he said.
Amaechi further explained that though his achievements in Rivers State were numerous ranging from free health care, free education construction of roads etc, of note to him also was human capital development as both indigenes and non indigenes residents in the State were beneficiaries of his administration’s Overseas Scholarship programmes and training.
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