Rivers State Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi said it is his constitutional responsibility to ensure the safety of lives and property in the state, deliver on infrastructure, and spend public funds judiciously.
Amaechi inspects the-Elioparanwo and Ogbogoro road projects in Obio/Akpor LGA. Credit: Rivers state government
He said this during an inspection tour to Elioparanwo and Ogbogoro roads in Obio/Akpor local Government Area of the state on March 4, Tuesday.
“I’m paid to do this job. I’m employed by the Rivers people, so I’m bound to deliver,” Amaechi said.
The governor urged the contractor on site to complete the 3.25 km long Elioparanwo road before the rainy season.
Amaechi said Rivers was losing revenue because some of its oil wells were being transferred to neighbouring states.
He said that the federal government allocations to the state were declining, while the Rivers state expects the federal government to release its full allocations.
“The problem is the federal government; they have cut off the resources of Rivers state government and Rivers people. They have taken away the oil wells in Soku and given to Bayelsa. They have taken the ones between Oyigbo and Etche and given to Abia, so our resources continue to dwindle,” Amaechi said. “We used to do nineteen, twenty billion [naira], now we are doing thirteen, last month was fifteen,” he added.
According to Amaechi, partially this problem causes by corruption in the oil sector. He said that the stealing of oil affects all the states’ revenue, “so we don’t have enough”.
He also appealed to the people to identify with the ruling All Progressives Congress party in the state.