Amaechi: My greatest regret as Rivers governor

Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation

Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation

Minister of Transportation and former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi says his greatest regret as governor of Rivers State for eight years is that the people of the state have failed to recognize his contribution towards the progress of the state.

Amaechi, who spoke at the Annual Lagos Traffic Radio Lecture Series in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos also accused the incumbent Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, of driving away investors from the state due to growing insecurity and crime.

“The problem with Nigerians is that they forget so soon what someone had done for them. And that was one of my greatest regrets as the Governor of River State for eight years. I served my people but they did not recognise my contribution,” he lamented.

According to Amaechi, there was no way one would be encouraged to do more for his people if they did not appreciate what such person had done in the past.

The former governor, however, accused Wike of driving away investors from Rivers as he had not been able to tackle rising wave of insecurity in the area, which had led to the plunging of the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, from N8 billion to N4 billion.

“Do you know that people are now migrating away from Port Harcourt? When I was the Governor of Rivers State, nothing like that happened. The crime rate in the state has now increased and the IGR dropped. As the governor, the IGR of the state was at N8 billion. And that was why I have often advised Nigerian public office holders not to play with figures.

“I was accused of owing 12 months’ salary but when I left office, I had paid up to 40 percent of the workforce. I believe that all public officers must tell the public …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper