6th March, 2012
Rivers State Governor, southsouth Nigeria, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has said that “one way to make this country move forward is to criminalise failure by those in public offices”.
He was speaking during a thanksgiving service in honour of Dr. Chris Oboh, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), at Amazing Grace Model Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, GRA, Port Harcourt, Tuesday.
He urged Oboh to demonstrate purposeful leadership in order to impact on the lives of the people of the Niger Delta.
Governor Amaechi said “it is important we know that you and other public officers are responsible to the people to deliver on services and projects that will make their lives better.”
He said the only way not to be deceived by anything or anyone and to fulfil that responsibility is to continue with God.
According to Governor Amaechi, leaders would do well when they understand that they have a commitment to God and to man.
The Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), further assured Oboh that the Rivers State government is willing to collaborative with NDDC to provide more democratic dividends to the people.
Earlier, Pastor Belemina Obunge in his sermon said that God does new things through people chosen by Him, and urged public office holders to particularly listen to the voice of God to excel and relieve the people of their sufferings.
According to him, when God chooses leaders, He wants them to create a legacy that would be “inspiring, impacting, undeniable, irrefutable, unforgettable and laudable”.
But for that to happen, the man of God said there would be a change of mindset, motive, motion and change in movement, methods and level of maturity.
Among others at the Thanksgiving Service were the wife of the state Governor, Dame (Mrs) Judith Amaechi, State Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief G. U. Ake, House of Representatives member Dakuku Peterside, etc.
By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt