NGF Crisis: Stay Neutral, Amaechi Advises Secretariat Staff


Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers has said he would remain on the path of principle as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).

He stated this in Port Harcourt on Saturday when staff of the NGF Secretariat visited him.

Mr. Amaechi enjoined the staff to remain neutral in the face of the forum’s current leadership crisis, assuring them of regular salaries.

He took advantage of the visit to undertake an unscheduled inspection of some ongoing and completed projects within the state capital.

This, according to the governor, was to acquaint them with projects embarked upon and those completed by his government. Some of the projects visited included the Kelsey Harrison 120-bed Hospital, some modern primary schools and the 38,000 sitter stadium complex.

He expressed displeasure over “breach of some contract agreement’’ by the handlers of the hospital.

He phoned the Commissioner for Health to write the managers to correct the identified breaches or have the contract revoked.

Others visited were the ongoing health centre within the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) complex, the state Conference Centre and some completed road projects.

Amaechi called on the contractors to be up to their responsibilities or have their contract re-determined.

He said government was constructing 500 modern primary schools across the state, adding that 250 of the schools would be commissioned in October. This, he said, was to address the shortage of primary schools in the state.

Asishana Okauru, Director General of the NGF Secretariat who led the staff on the visit, expressed satisfaction with the projects inspected.

“We are very impressed by the institutions and infrastructure on ground here. It shows that Rivers is a modern state,” Mr. Okauru said.

According to him, the facilities inspected are comparable to those in most advanced countries of the world.