I will Leave Rivers State Better Than We Met It – Amaechi



Rotimi-Amaechi 600Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has assured that he will leave the State better than he met it when he assumed office in 2007.
Governor Amaechi gave this assurance yesterday when the Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA), Rivers State chapter, visited him in Government House, Port Harcourt.
Represented by his deputy, Engr. Tele Ikuru, the Governor said part of his transformation agenda is to leave a legacy hinged on transparency and accountability.
Said he, “part of the things we have promised to do when we came was that we are going to leave Rivers State better than the time we are leaving. So Rivers State should be better than when we came in and I believe that in the last six years we have been able to discharge our duties in such a way that those who appreciate will agree that in the last six years we can conveniently account for our stay in government ”.
With focus on education, health and infrastructure, Governor Amaechi stated that so far out of the proposed 750 primary schools, about 500 have been awarded, 350 completed and 250 schools already in use, adding that in the health sector, 120 primary health care centres have been completed out of the 150 proposed.
Governor Amaechi commended the NIA for playing prominent roles in the development of State’s urban renewal policy, especially the Greater Port Harcourt, “believe you me you have one of the most brilliant minds and we are able to redesign Port Harcourt through your valuable inputs, describing the body as a partner in progress in his administration’s efforts at developing the State, assuring that its long standing relationship will be sustained through future collaborations in built environment programmes and policies.
Earlier, Chairman of NIA, Mr. Dike Emmanuel, commended the state government for its reforms in the built environment, stressing that the development has reduced quackery, building collapse and revenue loss for government.
He used the visit to intimate the Governor on the forthcoming Architecture Week slated July 9 to 12, hinting that the programme will be graced by the Vice President, Architect Namadi Sambo, and over 3000 participants and exhibitors from different parts of the world, soliciting for government’s support to make event a success.

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