Renowned journalist and one time Presidential Candidate of the National Conscience Party, NCP, in the 2011 general elections, Chief Dele Momodu has given Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State a pat on the back over the developmental strides in the oil-rich South-south state.
Mr. Momodu, who gave the governor a pass mark after they both embarked on an inspection tour of ongoing and completed projects, commended Amaechi for putting the state resources to judicious use with huge investments in critical sectors of the state economy.
Some of the places visited by Mr. Momodu and Gov. Amaechi include the Kelsey Harrison Hospital, the Maxillofacial Hospital, Model Primary Schools, Model Health and Model Secondary Schools, Afam Power Station, Songhai farm and the Banana farm in Tai Local Government Area of the state.
His words, “I must say, I am very very impressed with his performance. We have been on tour to some parts of the state. Going by the places we visited today, I have seen huge investments in education, health services, power, and agriculture, and I wish every state in the country to do the same, and I also expect the Federal Government to take the development initiative to a higher level”.
Momodu, who is the Publisher of Ovation Magazine, called on the Federal Government to let peace reign in Rivers stressing that “If we have more Amaechis in Nigeria, I am sure we would have done a lot better than what we are doing at the moment.
“But, I will appeal to the Federal Government in particular to support Governor Amaechi; he is trying his best to develop the state. Let us forget about politics, although, I am not in PDP, but I am in the National Conscience Party, I am a Nigerian and I want to appeal to other politicians to give peace a chance”.
The former MKO Abiola protégé also noted that the foundation for a new Rivers State had already been built by Governor Amaechi.
“I saw road construction (along YKC-Slaughter road in Woji) that is on-going as we were coming back from the inspection tour, and I came down to see things for myself, but I cannot imagine the level of ambition Governor Amaechi has because it takes a man with such serious ambition to do that, which impacts on the people.
“The most important thing is that, Amaechi has laid the foundation for a new Rivers State, and then hopefully whoever comes after him, should take the development further from there”, he noted.
In the educational sector, Mr. Momodu was awed by the structures in government-owned primary and secondary schools so much that he said they were better than those found in many universities across the country.
“One of the things that strike me most is education, and for me, education is everything, if not, I won’t be standing here, because, I was not born rich. I grew up in ancient city of Ile-Ife, and I was once a village teacher.
“I know that, the standard of education has fallen in Nigeria, so, anyone who is working hard to change it for the better, I will support, and I think, there are no University structures that are more beautiful than the model secondary and primary schools Governor Amaechi built in Rivers State”, he said.