2015: Amaechi urges Rivers residents to vote credible successor

Rotimi Amaechi

Nearly eight months to the expiration of his term in office, the Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, Chibuike Amaechi, has called on Rivers people to choose a credible successor that will take over from him on May 29, 2015.

Mr. Amaechi stated this, Sunday, during an Inter-Denominational Church Service marking the 54th Independence Day Anniversary held at the St. Cyprians Anglican Church in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

He maintained that the era of imposition of candidates on the people is over and advised Rivers people to choose wisely by embracing democratic values and actively participating in the electoral process.

According to him, “Rivers people have a right to choose who will lead them in 2015, in a free and fair election, they have the mandate to do so.”

He also used the opportunity to thank God for creating the enabling environment for him (Amaechi) to keep his vow, which he said, was a commitment to serve God and the poor.

Governor Amaechi, however, decried the consistent dwindling of Federal allocations to the state from N25 billion naira to N12 billion, a development which he announced has slowed down the pace of some on-going projects embarked upon by his administration.

“The situation we find ourselves now is really critical. We have started owing salaries of workers and nobody knows when this will end. Rivers people should know that Rivers State Government now receives N12billion instead of the usual N25 billion as monthly allocation. This has grossly affected our projects and work has stopped in some on-going projects in the state. I am still looking for funds to pay some of the contractors and salaries. Things are no longer the same. Things are getting worse. I am not the problem, it is from the Federal government”, Mr. Amaechi stated.

Also speaking, the chairman of CAN in Rivers State, Zilly Aggrey, called on Rivers people and residents to play an active role in ensuring peaceful co-existence in the state.

Represented by the Vice-Chairman of CAN, Ibim Anabraba, Mr. Aggrey enjoined Rivers people to use the period of the 54th Independence Anniversary celebration to pray for the unity of the nation, and Rivers State in particular.

He also thanked Governor Amaechi for dedicating the state to God during his administration and for playing a major role in the rapid development of the state since he assumed office in 2007.

In his sermon titled ‘God is with Nigeria,’ the Lord Bishop of the Niger Delta Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Ralph Ebirien, urged Christian faithful to emulate the sacrifices of brave nationalists who fought relentlessly for the independence of Nigeria in 1960.

Press Unit
Government House, PH.


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  • Jamoh

    With N12 billion Aneachi said he can not pay salaries does he know what he is saying if yes he should ask Oshiomole how much Edo State gets as monthly allocation? In 2013 Rivers State got (N230 billion or $1.5 billion) can Amaechi account for that? In same 2013 Oyo got (N100 billion or $0.6 billion) He should tell us how much is Rivers State’s IGR? so we can add it up and see how much he has to spend annually. If he is saying FG is deliberately withholding part of Rivers statutory allocation he should go to court like Lagos State did some years ago.

    • Preye

      rivers state salary bill is 9 billion a month …. are u trying to compare nigeria’s oil city with edo state …. in terms of population, school enrolment, number of hospitals and other social services, rivers state ranks higher than edo state and most states in the federation …. if someone spends 9 billion on salaries out of an income of 12 billion, what else will be left to pay contractors on various projects across the state …. akwa ibom is already owing teachers 3 months salary .. but last year it received well over 300 billion from FAAC ($2.0 billion) ….. so can u do your analysis based on that …. at least it will show that it’s not PDP induced … on IGR, governor amaechi’s admin met a monthly inflow of 1 billion naira … but has been able to raise it to 8 billion ….. what i think we should focus on is why the reduction by almost 50% of revenue across board in all states of the federation …. why is the FG allowing corruption as an excuse for people to loot oil proceeds …. if this trend continues until december, then we will know which state govt that can pay salaries without full FAAC allocation …..

      • Jamoh

        Ho on earth is Rivers spending N9 billions on salaries alone how many civil servants are on Rivers payroll? Akwa-Ibom got 260 billion and not 300 billion. “In 2013, the top 10 allocations went to the following states: Akwa Ibom (N260 billion or $1.7 billion, Rivers (N230
        billion $1.5 billion$1.5 billion), Delta (N209 billion or $1.3 billion), Bayelsa (N173 billion or $1.1 billion), Lagos (N168 billion or $1.1 billion), Kano (N140 billion or $0.9 billion), Katsina (N103 billion or $0.7 billion), Oyo (N100 billion or $0.6 billion), Kaduna (N97 billion or $0.6 billion), and Borno (N94 billion or $0.6 billion). Please kindly tell us how much is Rivers (IGR) and Amaechi should go to court if he is sure that FG is withholding part of Rivers allocations.

  • Foresight

    Good job GEJ! Keep all the balance for the next governor. No extra Rivers State’s money for Amaechi to fund Tinubu and Kwankwanso campaign

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Is this the meaning of foresight?

  • truth hurts

    Most people that have come to see themselves as educated people in this country are mere literate . Education starts from reasoning. When a governor says his state allocation is reduced by 50% and the president confirmed it by keeping silent few days after the same president boasted that he has reduced poverty by 50% you expect people to be protesting by now. But this is not a country we live in. It is a jungle. Instead of us to think of how the reduction will affect the state we are busy defending the Federal Government because we dont like the start governor or we think he is talking too much. but in the long run it is the masses that suffer from this face off not the government. Nigerians should arise and think. We are sleeping to deep. We should always think of what benefit us the masses and not who wins this face off. Because both side are already overfed but we are the one suffering. Arise Nigerians

  • T

    This is killing Nigeria and Nigeria Economy not only in Rivers but all the state allocation had been reduced by half by the Federal Govt. The result of this is that most Governor would not be able to continue there project some will not pay salary Kogi and Benue are owing upto 3months salary. Ondo is owing one month Ekiti is owning one moth things are getting bad. No state govt will roll out employement this are the implications one evil minded people will like this Fed Govt action led by HE GEJ