▪︎55 hearty cheers to a phenomenal leader.
On behalf of my family, I warmly felicitate with an exceptional achiever and performer, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON, Honourable Minister of Transportation as he clocks 55.
Your Excellency, your massive achievements and
outstanding performance in governance and service to our dear nation are unparalleled. You have demonstrated exemplary leadership and uncommon commitment to service through your unrelenting efforts at objectifying the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari in the nation’s transportation sector.
Your sterling performance as Minister reminds Rivers people and indeed Nigerians of the indelible imprints you left on virtually all sectors of governance back home in Rivers State.
Under your government, a total of 1,424 kilometers of roads were initiated with 900 kilometers completed by the time you left office. This laudable feat was complemented with the gigantic Monorail project, several flyovers, 25 bridges, 6 shore protection/reclamation projects, the Greater Port Harcourt City project, an 40,000 capacity stadium and Olympic standard sport facility- – the largest sport facility in Nigeria built by a State government, the popular Obiri Ikwerre and Eleme interchanges and the massive urban renewal drive.
Your pursuit of a robust policy on education effectively addressed the dire straits in the education sector and marked a total transformation of the sector with 750 standard primary schools proposed and over 400 completed and equipped with modern learning facilities; initiation of 24 model secondary schools of International standard with 6 completed and well-equiped with state-of-the-art facilities and the record – breaking employment of 13,200 primary and secondary school teachers in one fell swoop.
Beyond these, over 1964 indigenes of Rivers State were on government sponsored overseas scholarship programmes. Following the immense achievements in the education sector, Rivers State was named the UNESCO World Book Capital in 2014. The State owned University previously ranked 76th in the nation became the 12th best university out of a total of 124 universities in Nigeria.
Still under your administration, the visible decay in the health sector was halted through the provision of new healthcare facilities and modernisation of existing ones. Your passionate pursuit of accessible healthcare services for the ordinary people spurred you to build 160 new primary healthcare centres across the State; the 120 – bed Kesley Harrison hospital; the Kesley Hayford Specialist hospital; the Maxilo-facial specialist hospital; the Prof. Nimi Briggs Hospital; completion of the Self-destruct syringe factory; construction of the bio-larvicidal factory; construction of the 1000-bed Karibi Whyte hospital; the Rivers State mobile hospital and the unprecedented recruitment of 436 medical doctors and 400 nurses statewide.
As part of your drive to set up a parallel economy that will thrive alongside the oil and gas dependent economy of Rivers State, you invested massively in the agricultural sector and made it highly productive. This led to the Songhai Rivers Initiative Farm; the Buguma Fish farm; the revitalisation of Risonpalm; the Banana plantation.
Also initiated were the Rumuewhor rice project, the Etche Agricultural village and the rehabilitation of the State owned Delta Rubber Development Company. Not to mention the several agricultural programmes that encouraged and empowered small scale farmers to venture into large scale farming.
The power sector was not left out as you upgraded the several power stations in the state to heat a target of 750 megawatts.
Under your administration, Rivers state secured and maintained dual international AA financial rating from Fitch and Poors making it the first and only State to do so.
Indeed, your penchant for performance can not be overemphasized, this is why as Minister, you have effortlessly replicated same laudable feats in the Transportation sector and has left no one in doubt of your innate capacity to break new grounds and surpass expectations.
The massive revolution in the near moribund railway sector, the Lekki Deep Seaport project, the Human Capacity building in Railway Technology with over 150 Nigerians undergoing training in China; the ongoing University of Transportation in Daura, the Dry Inland Port projects and the repositioning of the Marine sector to maximize productivity are testimonies of your immense accomplishments within a short period.
As you add another year, I join all well-meaning Nigerians to wish you a remarkable birthday as you continue in your patriotic and selfless service to your fatherland.