Brief history of Rivers state,Rivers state was created from the than Eastern Region of Nigeria by decree No19 of 1967. The territory was referred than as the OIL RIVERS PROTECTORATE,
The state is bounded on the South by the Atlantic ocean,on the North by imo,Anambra and Abia, the East by Akwa ibom state and west Bayelsa and Delta state.And it is presently in the Niger Delta region.
Rivers state have a population of approximately 5 to 6 millions people this includes Indigenes and non Indigenes.
The state capital port Harcourt is the second largest commercial centre,with the second busiest seaport in Nigeria,The city is cosmopolitan with a busy international airport with regular international and domestic flights operating all parts of Nigeria and major cities of the world.
Former governors/Administrators of Rivers state.
1.Navy com Alfred Diets spiff.1967-1975
2.col Zamani lekwot 1975_1978.
3.Navy com Suleiman saidu 1978_1979
4.chief Medford okilo1979_1983.
5.police com fidelis oyakhilome 1984_1986.
6.col Anthony ukpo 1986_1988.
7.Group cap Ernest o. Adeleye 1988_1990.
8.Col Godwin Abbe 1990_1993.
9.chief Rufus Ada George 1992_1993.
10.lt col.Dauda musa komo 1993_1996.
11.col musa sheikh shehu 1996_1998.
12.Group cap Samuel Ewag 1998_1999.
13.DR Peter Odilli 1999_2007.
Rt hon CR Amaechi 2007_2015.
Chief Nyesom Wike.2015 till date.
Having critically x_rayed the past and present administration, I am writing with special reference to the administration of H E RT HON CHIBUIKE ROTIMI AMAECHI, and his relationship with the non Indigenes when he held sway as governor of Rivers state.
Rivers state is home for all based on it position and business activities AMAECHI became governor on Oct 2017 with a mission statement.
OUR MISSION IS TO SERVE OUR PEOPLE WITH HUMILITY AND RENDER A TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE STEWARDSHIP ANCHORED ON INTEGRITY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE.
WE SHALL USE OUR GOD GIVEN RESOURCES TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF OUR PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATION, EMPOWER OUR PEOPLE IN A PEACEFUL,JUST HARMONIOUS SOCIETY UNDER GOD.
He fulfilled his mission statement to the best of his ability, not leaving out the non Indigenes,he said and I quote “some non Indigenes are born here,schooled and married here, pay their taxes and bills here, vote here,and also contribute to the development of the state,so they are also entitled to some rights and privileges of the state.
AMAECHI’S DEED TO NON INDIGENES OF RIVERS STATE
- AMAECHI, the first governor of Rivers state to appoint a non Indigene as commissioner.
- Appointment of non Indigene as sole administrator of Rivers state environmental waste management Agency RIWAMA
3.Appointment of non Indigenes as caretaker committee members in the 23 LGAs
4.Appointment IGBO,cum port Harcourt boy, a media GURU/POLITICIAN CHIEF EZE CHUKWUEMEKA EZE as media consultant.
5.Employment of non Indigenes into civil service,during the 13,200 teachers employment.
6.inclusion of non Indigenes into oversea scholarship through RSSDA.
7.Free education for Indigenes and non Indigenes in primary and post primary schools
- Equal tuition fee for both Indigenes and non Indigenes in state own higher educational institutions of learning.
9.Free school uniform,books and canvas for Indigenes and non Indigenes in primary school.
10.He created a conducive and friendly business environment for non Indigenes doing business here.
Above all he is married to a beautiful ADA NDI IGBO,a Queen of Igbo extraction.(non Indigene). This is just a few of his good deeds to the non Indigenes of Rivers state.more of his deeds will be unveiled in our next edition.
His love for non Indigenes and political astuteness prompted president BUHARI to Appoint him campaign DG for two times.which made him the first DG to win a sitting president.
He is currently a two times minister of transportation of the federal republic of Nigeria and he is doing very well
May chukwu okike abima bless all his endeavors. AMEN.
former CTC member ikwerre local government council.