Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has been commended by the new leadership of Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural Organization, Worldwide, for his sterling leadership and enormous achievements in the state.
President-General of Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural Organisation, Worldwide, Prof. Augustine Onyeozu, spoke when he led a delegation of national executives of Ogbakor Ikwerre on a courtesy call on Governor Rotimi Amaechi in Government House, Port Harcourt, Monday.
He said, “The former national executive led by Chief S. A. Agbaru briefed the convention fully on your audible, laudable programmes and landmark achievements as Governor of Rivers State since you assumed office. The incontrovertible fact is that your performance and achievements are superlative and excellent. You have brought pride and honour to us. We are indeed very proud of you. We will further urge you to ensure that in all your conducts and activities in government, you give every ethnic group in this state adequate and appropriate sense of belonging”.
The Ogbakor Ikwerre equally thanked the people of Rivers State for their continued support and loyalty to Governor Amaechi.
“The people of Ikwerre ethnic nationality with every sense of responsibility appreciate all the ethnic groups in Rivers State for the support and loyalty they have given to His Excellency’s administration. It is our fervent prayer that in due season we shall reciprocate this love the Rivers people have shown to you, our son and to us”.
The group however urged Governor Amaechi to disregard negative comments coming from people who unjustly misinterpreted his government policies and remain focused, courageous and objective to deliver on his mandate. They also pledged their support and loyalty to him.
“His Excellency in recent times we have observed the misinterpretations being given to some of your executive actions. As your parents, we know you keep your words and that you mean what you say. In our clime unfortunately, not many appreciate being told the truth and very many prefer those who deceive them. Remain focused, courageous and objective in all your undertakings.
“We want to assure His Excellency that the Ikwerre people will stand by you in any and all actions you may take to uphold the spirit and letters of the oath of office you swore to. Deliver on your mandate. Delivering on your mandate is non-negotiable. We are proud to say to you today we are very proud of your scorecard as the executive Governor of Rivers State. We wish you continued success in office and God’s eternal blessing”, they said.
Responding, the Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi thanked members of the national executive of Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural Organisation for the visit.
“Let me thank you for this visit and welcome you to the Government House of the Rivers State Government and say to you that this in Ikwerre tradition reminds me of a wrestling match. When two groups are matched for a wrestling match, each leader of the group continues to use a cane to wipe on the back of the expert who is wrestling to ensure that he is motivated and does not allow the other man to bring him down. I liken this visit to that”.
Amaechi said his administration has equitably distributed projects in the state and integrated all Rivers people in his government. He equally appealed to the people of Rivers State to love one another and work together in common pursuit for the state’s progress.
“We have tried in government to ensure that projects are equitably distributed and as your son I am ready for a challenge on that. I am ready for a public debate on the issue of equitable distribution of government projects any day, any time. There is no local government in Rivers State that will claim not to have enough schools, enough health centres and enough roads, none. We have more roads in the Ogoni kingdom and Etche than we have in the Ikwerre kingdom. This government has constructed more roads in Ogoni and Etche than we have constructed in Ikwerre, so nobody can accuse us of not being fair-minded, of not being able to integrate everybody in one government”.
“We must work together as Rivers people. We must love each other. We must know that just as the rest of Rivers people have said an Ikwerre man must be governor, Ikwerre people must also participate in saying ‘another ethnic group should be governor’. When it goes from there, it goes to somewhere else and somewhere else and somewhere else until it gets back to the Ikwerre people again. We must not misuse our majority. We can use the majority to participate but we must not abuse the majority. I must thank you on behalf of cabinet for the unalloyed support you have promised. Ikwerre people must be ready to be part of the progress of Rivers State by using their votes”, he said.
The Governor promised to construct more internal roads and complete all ongoing projects in the state.###