by Stanley Azuakola
The Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi, chose the occasion of the visit by the Archbishop of the Dean of Anglican Communion in Nigeria and Archbishop Niger Delta Province, Most Reverend Ignatius Kattey at the Government House, Port Harcourt to address those who he called “the people fighting me.”
“I will speak to the state; not now. When I speak to the state, you will not respect any of these people, because I am now determined to open up. I am not running for any other position that they would say ‘okay, you must manage information, so that people can trust you’.
“ I need to quote the law and tell you what the issues are, which most people do not know. I need to tell you and ask that now, you must become your own soldiers; you must become your own policemen.
“Nobody realises how much effort we have put in place, for people to walk on the streets. Nobody realises how much money we have put in place, to make people walk on the streets. All they are interested in is how they would bring down those efforts. So, as men of God, you must stand for the truth and preach the truth.
“We need to be able to grow the economy. We need to be able to say to our people, ‘this is a state which we are proud of’. We have numerous projects that we have put in place. Before the end of the year, a lot of projects will be completed that you will see for yourselves.
“We intend to complete the Conference Centre that we are building at Chief G. U. Ake Road and the Agbani Darego Cultural Centre that is in Town; the new School of Nursing, which is at the old University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH).
“When you go to the old UPTH, there are three projects going on simultaneously. One is the School of Nursing that now has the capacity to admit 500 nursing students. The one you have in Mile Four, Port Harcourt can take only 100 and everyday we struggle with approval with the agency that is supposed to give approval, because of poor equipment and poor environmental condition.
“Now, we are building a better one in a better place. Then, you have a primary school that is under construction there and the Heart Hospital being built by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). That is what we have converted that place to be.
“We have so many of the fish farms. We have one in Buguma, that is nearing completion. We have six of the new secondary schools to be completed by the end of the year. We have completed a lot of the power distribution substations.
“I will address Rivers people about the people fighting me. I will open up about them so that the people would be prepared to provide their own security. By the time I cease being Governor they will appreciate what we are sacrificing to keep the state safe,” he said.
Archbishop Kattey was at the Rivers Government House to inform the governor about the third session of the sixth synod of the Diocese of Niger Delta Anglican Communion which kicked off today in Port Harcourt.
Kattey was recently elected as the Dean of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion and the second in command to the Primate of Anglican Communion in Nigeria.