29th May, 2012
The Rivers State Chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria has said that Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s administration has not done much in providing democracy dividends to the people in the past five years.The party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Jerry Needam, made the submission in a statement to mark Democracy Day in Port Harcourt.
He said that the administration had not justified the huge funds that accrued to the state within the period. ‘’ Resources are not the main challenge of the state but the management of those resources and lack of ideas in tandem with the present reality of the economic and social needs of the state,’’ he said.
Needam said there should be conscious effort to build infrastructure that would attract investors.
He said his party believed that the government had not achieved much in provision of electricity, portable water,welfare of civil servants, job creation and transport.
However, Governor Amaechi has said that his administration has touched the lives of people during the period.
Amaechi said in an interactive session with youths to mark Children’s Day that his administration had created an enabling environment for investors to come to the state.
He said his government was determined to develop and create a broad-based economy for the state.
“I am not part of those who say leave Rivers State for Rivers people. This state is open for business, is open to everybody who is qualified to compete for whatever position. Let us get the best we can,” he said.
Amaechi said that security had improved in the state such that the British Government had reversed its travel ban on the state, noting that efforts had been made to create jobs for the people, especially youths.
‘’ One of the reasons for establishing agricultural farms in the state is to create employment opportunities.
‘’It is basically because if you create these farms you will be able to employ those groups of people that are not graduates or have not been able to acquire sufficient education to be employed in any form of white-collar jobs,” he said.
Amaechi said that six standard hospitals; two each in each of the three senatorial zones of the state would be constructed for referring of cases from health centres around the zones. He said that a South African firm had been contacted to manage the newly-built Kelsey Harrison Hospital and Dental Hospital both in Port Harcourt.