ROTIMI AMAECHI’S DYNAMICS OF CHANGE.
The book, The Dynamics of Change:The Amaechi years was launched Thursday in Lagos as part of celebrations for his 50th birthday come the 27th of May. While Bishop Mathew Kukah reviewed the book, Prof Wole Soyinka who wrote a foreword and the APC national leader Bola Tinubu unanimously agreed that Amaechi had brought forth a courageous, quiet but effective revolution to Nigeria. It is a book that chronicles his challenges, experiences and achievements. A must read for the new Nigeria and Nigerian.
Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (born 27 May 1965) is currently the 5th and current Governor of Rivers State, Nigeria, since 2007. He was re-elected for a second term on 26 April 2011. Amaechi was a member of the People’s Democratic Party before defecting to the All Progressives Congress on 27 November 2013.
In a few day’s time, he would be 50years old.
In a few day’s time, he would also hand over to Nyiesom Wike as the 6th Governor of River’s state.
Amaechi boldly took the ‘bull’ by the horns as the D.G campaign of the APC’s Mohammadu Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo campaign team. The result of his work has today made history. During his book launch, Amaechi rightly said he would have been in trouble if APC did not win.
Amaechi had his early romance in politics as secretary of the now defunct National Republican Convention in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State. Between 1992 and 1994, he was Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor of Rivers State and also a member of the Board of West Africa Glass industry as well as Risonpalm Nigeria Limited.
He was the Rivers State’s Secretary of the Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN) caretaker committee after in 1996 during the transition programme of General Sanni Abacha junta.
Speaker (Rivers State House of Assembly) 1999-2007In 1999, he contested and won a seat to become a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly to represent his constituency. He was subsequently elected as the Speaker of the House of Assembly. Amaechi was elected the Chairman of Nigeria’s Conference of Speakers of State Assemblies. He was reelected into the State House of Assembly in May 2003 and was also re-elected as the Speaker. In 2003 when the National Assembly moved to hijack the legislative functions of the State house of Assembly as enshrined in the constitution, he and his colleagues took the matter to Nigeria’s supreme court and the court gave a judgment that the control and supervision of local government is the prerogative of the State House of Assembly.
Governorship He contested and won the People’s Democratic Party primary for Rivers State Governor in 2007. His name was substituted and he took the case to highest court in the land, the Supreme court. He became Governor on 26 October 2007, after the Supreme Court pronounced him the rightful candidate of the PDP and winner of the April 2007 Governorship election in Rivers State.
He was reelected for a second term of four years in April 2011. In addition, he has an ongoing refinery project in Ghana.
His administration invested in infrastructure development, construction of roads and bridges sticking to the vision of connecting all parts of the state by road. The governor is also committed to urban renewal and modernization of transportation services as his administration is building a monorail to provide mass transportation within the city of Port Harcourt. Some power plants projects (Afam, Trans Amadi, Onne) are also ongoing or nearing completion to improve power supply in the State. Chibuike Amaechi holds the National honour of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), is a Christan Catholic and a knight of St Johns.
On 6 March 2014, he gave a speech criticizing the institutionalization of corruption by President Goodluck Jonathan, saying “The response of the regime to corruption is to imprison those exposing corruption. The impunity in corruption is extended to the punishment of those who fight corruption.” Specific allegations included “$20 billion is alleged to have gone missing at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) just as both fuel and kerosene subsidy have become questionable.
We wish Rotimi Amaechi a truly golden jubilee as we celebrate a true democrate. A national hero. A rugged and dogged fighter. A bold and fearless leader who has left a mark after 50years in the sands of the Nigerian time.
Happy birthday in advance.