Due to the corruptible nature of most state governors,it is really hard to know if there's any governor in this country that does not steal public fund.,how do you rate your state governor?.Is it performing or not
Due to the corruptible nature of most state governors,it is really hard to know if there's any governor in this country that does not steal public fund.,how do you rate your state governor?.Is it performing or not
The governor of my state is performing but I think he should give some attention to primary education. The public primary schools are closed and private schools are taking over. I see his closeness to the Niger State governor and I hope that this relationship would benefit the pupils in Benue state positively. That is if Gov. Suwam can copy the educational policies of Gov. Babangida Aliyu. My best performing Gov is the Kaduna state governor the man is not sleeping in any area.
Fashola clearly leads, but, man! It is tough with these guys.
I was at a presentation recently, with him and a couple of his aides. It was about the BRT, and using NFC/contactless cards as a means of payment on those buses.
He appears to be the only government official in this country who is even listening to all that stuff. Most of the others can't even figure.
Some states you visit in Nigeria, roads are terrible, but you see glitzy hotels everywhere. What is it with African government officials and using stolen money to build hotels? Does anybody know?
The Gov of Plateau State is performing when compared to previous administration. He has ordered that 6 km of road networks be constructed in the 17 LGAs of the state, and work is going on accordingly. On his part, the Jos/Bukuru metropolis is recieving serious face lift due to construction and dualisation of the roads. Taking a look at the security situation, he has restored peace, although there is palpable fears over the November 2008 political/religious crisis that rocked the state. Bursary for tertiary schools undergraduates have been paid. All outstanding arrears of pension and salaries owed before he took over as gov has been settled. Biddings for contracts are done as it is supposed to be done, no favouritism.
Generally, he is bringing accountability and service to the electorates in the state but some old politicians do not favour his new agenda of public accountability, therefore there is serious gang-up to frustrate his style, to go back to the status quo of "chop i chop". Many call him "old school governor" because of his accountability stance, but the born again gov does not give a hoot as he has sworn to give the best to those who elected him.
On the whole, I rate him above average performance.
Governor Akpabio is doing very well,he has introduced free education in the state up to secondary school level, free medical treatment for pregnant women and children under 5 years. Lack of Infrastructure- hospitality centres, electricity, transportation (airport, seaport and roads), etc were the bane of Akwa ibom state development in the past, that is why despite it being an oil producing state, there were no investments. Now there are a lot of fresh investments in the state, thanks to Governor Akpabio, Akwa Ibom is becoming the New Destination of Choice for Investments, Hospitality, Leisure, etc. Akwa Ibom Ado OK
My original and biological governor uses state funds to fuel his cocaine habits, as heard from the grape vine. His name is Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa State. I havent seen any remarkable thing he's done so far. I daresay Alameseigha, the thief, did much better!
And my 2nd Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, well well, in comparison to Odilli, he's "trying"
And my 3rd Governor, Uncle Fash, it's you I love.
All the state governors Bleep up, road constructions and street cleaning shoudn't be only cretaria to measure performance. Fashola has all the tools it takes for immediate development which he never used. he wants state police whereas some schools lacks science teachers for the past 2 years, the health system remained the same old system that failed us, this another visionless governor enriching himself and decieving himself with street cleaning.
Your story of how your friend sold his house, to get a seat in politics just depresses the soul. I mean how can a man be so wicked? He sells off his houses, DECIEVES the people, who TRUST him to work for them, into thinking that he would. He then sits back, for probably years, to STEAL FIRST from them, so you can recoup his losses, money the people never demanded he invest in the first place, and then he promises to, sometime in the future serve them?
What's even worse is that you are here trying to pass this story off as some meaningful contribution of some sort. I don’t even know where to start.
People that go into politics go there to secure a profession like your own. They get paid based on what the person paying for your service thinks you are worth. in politics it is the same, the more they lie the more the people vote for them.
But there is another twist to the equation. The more investment you put in the more you expect out. If i sell my houses in the UK to be come a governor, common sense tells me that as soon as I win the race, i need to buy back my house plus about 2 more to pay for all the risks. After that I can think of serving you guys. But if the deal from start is considered to be charity, I will roll up my sleeves and get to work from day one.
That does not mean i am in support of the greedy ones
plateau state has actually lost it's shine,everything is so dull.the governor is a conservative person and thats one reason social life and businesses are not moving.ill still give fashola first position.As for delta,same business as usual
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I wil rate the Governor of Plateau 60 % based on his agenda. He had started that his major concern this year will be road construction and Education. or roads his rating is high, Plateau has not had a major road construction in over 25 years. In 14 months he has dualized all the major roads in the state andthe local governments. For education i rate him poorly. Teachers are on strike as he has refused to implement the new teachers salary scale
God bless Fashola and his family.Amen
In Mushin now,the gutters of most streets are been worked on seriously.Infact one can barely drive through sometimes. I am presuming his plan is to work on the drainage systems first and then the roads later so we don't return to square 1.
I need not even start with other projects around Lagos.
PRAISE THE LORD.HALLELUJAH !!!!!!!!!
Well, below are a few links that can give you a clue as to the performance of Gov Amaechi of Rivers State.
Rivers govt sends 300 youths to study in India
Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi: GOVERNOR AMAECHI ADDRESSES ISSUES CONCERNING RIVERS STATE, ITS PEOPLE AND RESIDENTS AT HIS FIRST MONTHLY MEDIA BRIEFING
Answers questions from journalists
Excerpts from the event
In the educational sector, after this administration took over primary schools from the Local Government councils, we started building 250 new primary schools. We have currently added another 100 to it. This will reduce what we will build next year because we had said 250 new primary schools this year, and another 250 next year. But with this additional 100 we are building this year, by next year we will build 150 to make it 500 new primary schools. Our target is that by the end of our tenure we should have built 750 new model primary schools. And that is the recommendation of the committee that we set up to look into primary education in the State. The committee said, demolish the 1300 primary schools that you have because it does not fit into what primary schools should look like. And if you demolish it, build 750 new models schools. If you look at the old 1300 schools, they are 6 classroom blocks but what we are building is 14 classroom blocks. The difference is that you have more number of classrooms than we had before.
In taking over the primary schools, we also took over the payment of teachers emoluments. And we also took over the payment of junior secondary school teachers salaries which the Local Government people were paying. At the end of the first month we paid between 1.1 to 1.2billion naira as teachers’ salaries at the primary school level and at the junior secondary school level which before now were the responsibility of the Local Government councils.
We have already completed 10 out of the 250 new primary schools. We believe 25 should be ready before the end of this month. By December, we should be delivering at least 150 new model Primary schools.
As for Secondary Schools, the one at Eleme is nearing completion. But I don’t pride myself with that one because the former Commissioner for Education located that school on only 8-9 hectares of land. We said that the secondary schools should be located on 25 hectares of land. So if you want to see a model of the school, go to the one at Tai, though they are the foundation level but in the next 2-3 months they should have hit lintel level. But I hear work has gone far in the secondary schools at Oyigbo and Omuma Local Government Areas. You should go and see what is happening in those two areas.
Unlike the Primary schools where we are spending only N27 billion, we are spending nearly 90 billion for the Secondary Schools and we are building 23 new Secondary schools. It will now be 24 because I have decided that they should build one at Ubima.
The rain has stopped us from continuing construction work at the new Rivers State University of Science and Technology in the new Greater Port Harcourt city. My plan was that by now we should have gone ahead with the foundation for the hostels. The capacity is for 60,000 students which means in the next 10 to 15 years they won’t be looking for accommodation. We’ve almost awarded the contract to Prodeco to build the Hostels because we needed to deliver it before next year September. This is because we are hosting the next National Sports Festival and we want to accommodate all the athletes there. When they finish the festival, we take back our hostels and hand them over to the University. Near the University, we are about to start construction of a Games Village. So, if the rain stops maybe October or November, we’ll resume construction. We have already awarded the contract for the infrastructures to Zerock because we’ll provide light, water roads-circular roads and internal roads, drainage and a sewage plant so that we don’t have what they call soak-away pit inside the school. While they are doing that, we have agreed that as soon as the rain stops we will start the construction of the faculties and other public buildings in the University.
We are tinkering with the idea of establishing a new teachers’ training college for the sole purpose of training teachers. We don’t have teachers and if we establish it, it becomes an easy avenue to feed the University. We want to also establish a Rivers State University of Education to train teachers because we completely lack teachers.
In the health sector, am sure you are aware that we are building 150 Health Centres. Some of them have been completed but they have not been opened up because there are no doctors. I met with the Rivers State Civil Service Commission and told them to hire all qualified and capable doctors that applied for jobs. I hear over 190 doctors applied. By the end of this month, we will have about 50 Health Centres completed. If we employ these doctors and nurses, then we can open them up for people to use. The essence is to reduce maternal and child mortality ratio in Rivers State which is currently very high.
We have completed three hospitals already. The Dental Hospital at Garrison, the New Niger Hospital at Emenike Street in Diobu and the 50-bed General Hospital at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology. We did agree with the University that that hospital will be open to both the students and the public. We are at the stage of equipping these hospitals and that will be done after due process has been completed. Also, work has commenced at the Justice Karibi Whyte mega specialist Hospital in the new Greater Port Harcourt city.
In the area of roads, there are challenges in vehicular traffic flow. There are two other reasons outside bad roads that is the cause of the heavy traffic congestion in Port Harcourt. First, we don’t have enough roads for the whole city. This is why I think that the media should support us in our demolition exercise. There are so many new roads we want to build but these roads will include the demolition of people’s houses. Another reason is the bad driving behavior of motorists. To tackle that, we have sent a bill to the State House of Assembly. I try not to influence or be part of what happens in the State legislature, but I have sent that bill for over three months now – the “Traffic Management Law” so that we can set up a Traffic Management Agency that can manage traffic in Port Harcourt.
We have stopped work completely on all our roads because of the rains. It’s only those doing drainage work that you could still find at our road construction sites. If you check Rumuokwuta/Rumuola road, we are ready to asphalt but we can’t because we are waiting for the rains to stop. When we did the soil texture test, the moisture level was extremely high and we said we cannot asphalt with this kind of moisture level because the road will just fail one year after. An example is the Tombia road in GRA. People are saying it’s failing. It has not failed yet. We just covered it up so people can use it during the rains. After the rains they will remove everything and then reconstruct. But we had to do it because we didn’t want motorists to suffer on that road. That road will continue to the end of Woji road at that same level. And there will be a sub-surface drain or covered drain that will take water to Ntawogba axis.
Another area that may interest you is the flooding in some parts of the city. I have always said that Ikwerre people sold water to land buyers who bought water in the name of buying property. So I have decided that most of them will be demolished so that we can properly create water channels. When that one starts again, there will be people that will be demonstrating that I am demolishing their houses, their land, and ‘their ancient land where they have lived all their lives’. But that has to happen if we must have a city. You will agree with me that there’s no land I have taken from anybody for personal use. I have not bought one since I became Governor, so I have no acquisitive tendencies. All I’m doing is to recover and restore Port Harcourt to what it used to be. Even if I can’t move it forward, let me get it back to those days that people used to say that this is Garden City.
A lot of roads have been completed in the rural areas. People were writing that we are not doing anything in the rural areas and I responded that we have done more in the rural areas than in the city. Some said we have done nothing in the coastal areas and I say they should tell me where. Some people who wrote on my Facebook page mentioned Krakrama community, so I called the commissioners for Education and Health to name the projects we have in those areas. There are schools and health centres there. There is no Local Government Area that we don’t have new Health Centres or Primary Schools. So I think they are probably talking about roads. And I said it is difficult to do roads in those areas so what we are doing which we think is more challenging and which we think our coastal brothers need more now is land reclamation. So we are doing land reclamation in coastal areas. We have done in Buguma, Opobo, we doing at Abalama and in Andoni and these projects are in billions of naira. We are doing roads in Okirika about 4.5km road with bridges at over N3billion naira. The road to Andoni, I just saw on my record that out of N18billion, I have paid N11billion.
Another area that we have done is security of lives and property. I’m sure that some or most of you now feel a sense of safety in the city, better than it used to be before. I would like to take your minds back to 2005, 2006 when men will sit in their houses and young boys will walk in with guns and shoot people to death. How many times has it happened since I became Governor? The simple reason is anybody who commits an offence must be punished for that offence. And now people know that there is somebody who says, any offence you commit, you will be punished for it, they have reduced the number of times they commit offences.
The major demolition that is causing some confusion for which a few people are writing all sorts of things is the demolition of slums and shanties in Port Harcourt Waterfronts. And they know that I will not respond because I am going ahead. I have made up my mind, I have talked through the process, I have gone to the Executive Council and the Council says go ahead; I have called series of stakeholders meetings-one, I met with leaders and Chiefs of Okirika and I made the proposal to them. Nothing will stop me from demolishing Port Harcourt Waterfronts except God and probably the courts. If we end up at the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court says don’t demolish, then we have to obey the law. Beyond these two, I must demolish waterfronts.
Why do I want to go ahead with the demolition of shanties and slums in the Waterfronts of the city? The first reason is crime. If you go to waterfronts and they steal your property or they kill somebody, nobody from that Waterfront is allowed to report to the police. If you report, they will kill you. So they have their own structures, they have their own supreme court. And there can’t be two governments in a State, just like there can’t be two presidents in Nigeria. The governor of Rivers State is Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, so why do I have to allow other “governors” in the same state. We must bring down the Waterfronts for the interest of security. Last month or two months ago, we heard that people came from the Waterfronts and killed 5 persons near the Waterfronts. Then the next day, an innocent student who went home to collect money from his parents was shot dead on his way back. And I will continue to tell the world, if you look at the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Law and the Oath of Office, there is no where that I am told to construct roads or develop communities. The only oath that is impeachable is the Oath that says that I will protect lives and property. And since I don’t want to be impeached, I must protect lives and property. So nobody will tell me that we should not demolish because it is their ancient kingdom.
The argument they (Okrika people) are making is that there is a 1913 agreement. And when addressing me, some of the Okrika Chiefs told me that in 1913 they sold that land to the crown and I asked them, who the crown is? And they said government. So they are illegal occupants on government land. Now that I am Governor, I hold the land in trust for the people. In that meeting, I told them I will do the following things: first is that, I will not demolish all the Waterfronts settlements at the same time. I will start with Njemanze because I already have investors for Njemanze. When I finish demolishing Njemanze and investors move in, I will move backwards to Rumuolumeni and demolish that Waterfront settlement because all the criminals we chased out of Tombia community are now living at the Waterfront settlement in Rumuolumeni, from where they commit crimes. Then I will come back to Town axis and after that, Diobu.
Everybody in the Diobu area allowed us to enumerate, but in Town axis, people came out with guns and chased away policemen. If they chased away policemen with guns and even disarmed one policeman, it shows that I need to demolish for the sake of security. I told them that I will also pay compensation and in paying compensation I told them that I will pay compensation at full commercial value. It’s just for people to have enough money to be able to build another house somewhere else. Not only did I say I will pay compensation at full commercial value, I also told them that I will reclaim land for them in Okirika. And then we left the meeting. But after that meeting they went to court, they have done all sorts of things, but I am determined to demolish the Waterfront settlements and it is for everybody’s interest.
In the Power sector, between now and December, Port Harcourt will have about 280 mega watts of power. But the problem is not in generation but in distribution. The President will come and commission the 100 mega watts of power that we will complete before the end of December. Our plan is to change all the small transformers, do distribution lines so that once we hit the 280 mega watts of power, we will at least enjoy 70 per cent of power supply. And our target is that by 2011 we should be able to deliver 500 mega watts of power which means Port Harcourt and Rivers State should be able to have uninterrupted power supply by 2011. Also, we are awarding a contract to Saipem to build a new power plant at Afam (power station)-180 mega watts to complement what we have. If you add them together we will be having over 650 mega watts.
Q: This is the beginning of the new school session. What is the student population for primary and secondary schools in Rivers State? And how many teachers do you need?
A: You really caught me here. This is the same question I have been asking the Commissioner for Education. When we said we will take over primary schools from local councils, we got a figure of 12,000 teachers. As soon as we announced takeover, in less than one week it increased to 16,000 teachers. So where did this additional teachers come from.
When it comes to reforms, we are doing a lot. There’s financial management reform-the governor is no longer allowed to just wake up and spend money anyhow he likes. Our Fiscal responsibility bill is in the House of Assembly. Others before the House of Assembly are the financial management Bill, Public Private Partnership (PPP) Bill and we have passed the Due Process bill into law. However, it’s either that extra teachers were employed before the time of the count or the Education Board must have added some new teachers. So, I told them to give me the exact figure of the teachers present in the primary schools but till today, the Ministry of Education is still battling with that figure and that is why we have not employed. I told them I must know how many teachers we have now, how many teachers we require and for what subjects.
Getting the exact student population has also been difficult. When we came newly, we asked all commissioners to go home and count the teachers and students in their locality. They all brought in different figures. So I think that the best thing we could do is to get a consultant to go and get us the actual figure so that we know what we are paying for. Take for instance, each primary school we are building is for 500 pupils, but I went into the primary school at Churchill and discovered that the student population at Churchill is more than 500. And if you direct them to go to the nearby school, they will have a longer distance to either trek or their parents will now begin to pay transport for them. To stop that, I said they should build another primary school at Churchill, so they will now have two there. To your question, I have challenges in answering it, except the Ministry of Education gives me the complete and correct figure. But I have told them we need to get an Independent Consultant to get us the actual number of pupils we have. It is the same in the Secondary Schools. In fact, I am told that there are so many fake teachers and people are collecting their salaries.
Q: The MOT had been asked to stop operations pending when the bill is passed. But we still find some people wearing petty jackets harassing people and taking them away. Who is behind this operation?
A: I have not seen that, but now that you have mentioned it, I will ask them to investigate…… somehow in this country; it is because we shy away from struggles, from confronting the system that the system gets away with anything. We must compel Government to develop the economy. Government must take it as a responsibility and all it takes to develop the economy is to put a system in place. Nigeria is a place where systems don’t work. We personalize everything. The Governors and Government are too powerful. We must de-emphasize persons and create institutions and strengthen those institutions. Do you know how many times I have risked my life jumping down from my car to confront policemen with guns? I know you can’t exactly do that, but as governor, I can’t do everything. I can do as much as I can.
If you talk of employment, all the projects I’m doing are creating employment. The 150 Health Centres we are building, there’s no way you would not have at least 150 workers. I don’t want to say bunch of workers, but let’s say 1 worker per site. That means 250 primary schools-250 workers and that is 250 employments, if you must say so. We are building over 300 roads that must be over 300 persons employed too. So if it comes to employment, we are employing.
We are reviving industries too. Look at Pabod Breweries; I sold it because government cannot run such business. I sold it to South African Breweries Limited, so that we don’t finish reactivating Pabod Breweries and somebody comes tomorrow and say, this is a government company, I hereby appoint the Managing Director. He appoints a politician who cannot even run his house to become the MD of Pabod Breweries and they run it down. So we sold 80 percent of the shares we hold and retained just 20 percent. In the same way, we are reviving Risonpalm. I’m working on paying up the debts and buy out all those investors that were there before then we will move into the place build a new mill, start the process of cutting down the old oil palm plantation and plant new ones. All that is to focus on agriculture and create new jobs. We are negotiating with a British firm on how to build 10,000 hectares of rubber plantation…just to create employment.
Q: What is being done in the area of Waste management? The Eliozu road to Olu-Obasanjo Bye pass is fast becoming a death trap and the contractors should be made do something to it to help people using that road…. From all the revenue gotten from environmental sanitation, how much has the State generated as internal revenue?
A: The Company doing the road you talked about is Bulletine. Everywhere on that road is a death trap, but it is the same you that will accuse me of witch-hunting the past administration if, So, I have left that road until the contractor finishes and leaves site then I will award the road to a better contractor. That flyover was awarded by Celestine Omehia (the sacked former governor) and it was awarded 2 days before I became Governor and full payment made. 100 per cent full payment was done by Omehia two days before I became governor, so i have no form of control over the contractor. The contract is for 1 year and 6 months, I have spent nearly 2 years in government and the contract by law should have been delivered by now. A friend of mine said it is a contract where they are using shovels and wheel barrows to build a flyover. Should you be building a flyover with shovel and wheel barrow? But so that nobody accuses me of witch hunting anybody, I have left them to finish their work. When they finish, I will call a bigger contractor to work on that road from Ken Saro-Wiwa road to Ikwerre road because that road is very important. If you check that flyover, if we are not careful it will be a one lane flyover, even though I have told them to increase it to 7.3 metres. If they don’t, then it would surely be a single lane flyover. Then it would have the same problems we have at the Rumuola flyover and the CFC flyover where you cannot evacuate traffic easily and if any car breaks down, you are stuck… But not to cause political confusion, I am prepared to endure, take the abuse and the insult that would come out from that road. We are putting pressure now on the contractor, I have told the Commissioner for Works that as soon as the rains are over, he should put pressure on them so they at least complete the flyover and get out of site. Then we will call for a bid for a reputable contractor to reconstruct that road.
On the issue of waste, we are currently doing waste dispersal, not waste management. This is another area that I have political challenges. 90 per cent of the contractors are politicians not appointed by me but by a previous administration. And if I cancel it, they would say I am witch hunting my former boss. So I have left them until I finish constructing my waste management plants. There are three of them, two to manage solid waste, one to manage scrap or mega waste. I have told the Commissioner for Environment to produce bags and distribute them and nobody should dump waste on the streets, they should dump it in the bags and let the contractors go to their houses and pick up this waste and go and dump them wherever they dump them until we finish constructing. But that has not happened. I told the Commissioner for Environment, I told the Chairman of Environmental Sanitation Authority. I have not seen a response to that directive yet. But once we complete the three plants that we are building, one (the scrap one) should be ready by December. When we complete the solid waste management plant, then I will cancel all those contracts. No sentiments. If you have no facility to collect waste-the trucks, we won’t give you one. And like I told the Commissioner for Environment, we don’t need more than six contractors. Six of them that has those vehicles, maybe 2, 3, 4 vehicles each will do if they divide Port Harcourt into zones and go to people’s homes to take away those waste bags and proceed to the waste management plants. That way, we will get Port Harcourt looking clean. Port Harcourt is dirty, I am aware of that. And there is no Executive Council meeting that it does not come up. We make decisions and we are not carrying them out because, the politicians who are now waste collectors will say ‘they are witch hunting us because we did not support them’. So we have allowed them, they have continued for about two years now and I’ve not removed anybody. But we shall soon cancel the contracts.
Q: To save lives and save us the inconveniences we are going through; why not cancel the contract for the Eliozu road now and re-award it since you don’t want to ask for refunds or anything?
A: I just think that we should endure. Rivers people should endure. The contractor will complete that job latest by November. We will put pressure on them to complete the flyover. Let them complete it. Then, we will get a reputable contractor who will do the entire road. By December you will see that we have started the process of awarding that road contract.
Q: I understand there was supposed to be a reconciliatory meeting between you and Ateke Tom. On the issue of roads, contractors who are not qualified are seen doing roads and some of the roads in Port Harcourt have gone bad after one month.
A: There is no road that we have done that has gone bad except for one or two roads we just resurfaced and those were roads awarded before we came and they were completed before we came,
About Ateke Tom, I have no business speaking with him. I have said it to the whole world that I have seen Ateke once or twice in my life. The one I can vividly remember is the day Hon. James Fauyefika was having a thanksgiving service and I went to Okirika to Chair the thanksgiving service as Speaker of the Legislature, and one young man walks in and they said that’s godfather, and I said who is godfather and they said it’s Ateke Tom. Beyond that, I have never seen, I have never talked with Ateke all my life and probably may not talk with Ateke. I am not in charge of Amnesty so I do not have to meet with Ateke. If Ateke needs assurance from the Rivers State Government, I hereby assure Ateke, nothing, absolutely nothing will happen to him if he surrenders his weapons and comes out to be a free man because the President of Nigeria has declared amnesty. But it is important that everybody knows that it has an expiration date. And after that expiration date is where the battle starts- the Federal Republic of Nigeria versus anybody. I hope you people know that.
The second question you asked was on roads and I have told you that you are not correct. First we have this policy when we came in that we would give projects to Rivers State indigenes so that we would be able to empower Rivers people. We are doing quite a lot of that but if you look well, they are in the rural areas not in Port Harcourt city… the contractors working inside Port Harcourt are Stemco, Gitto, RCC, Homan, Julius Berger, MCC, Tell me one road that has gone bad? I have told you that on Tombia Street in GRA, what we did is a temporary job just to make it passable under the rainy season and we have achieved that. When you drive through the road and see small potholes please bear with us and don’t start complaining. We did it to allow motorists drive through until after the rains. After the rains, we will remove all those things and start a new process. And then, we have also awarded the contract to include Woji road to raise the road because what you are seeing there is the lowest part of that road and the road is below sea level. So we have to raise it back and then do drainage that takes all that water away. There is no road that this administration is doing that is failing. I have said this severally and explain the true situation. The roads that are failing are the old roads in Port Harcourt which means that whether government likes it or not, we need to do more road rehabilitation inside Port Harcourt city. Check the Abuloma/Trans-Amadi road, did I award it? The road we are about to award now is Garrison to East-West with a flyover at the Slaughter end and that flyover will launch after the bridge. We are currently talking with RCC because it’s not a road you give to just anybody. We have awarded Elekahia/ Rumuomasi road and have paid them 30 per cent. In fact every day I ask the contractor why they have not gone on site. And they say it’s because of the rains. We have awarded Rukpakwulusi/Eneka/ Igwuruta road. In fact, my anger with the contractor is that that road was awarded about 6 months ago, so I said whether rain or not, they must go to site. I have paid them 30 per cent and that road is worth N9billion. So, we don’t give our roads to unqualified contractors. I am not looking for cheap popularity,
Q: If you are in deed in support of the amnesty programme for militants, may we know to what extent you have supported the activities of the implementation committee? Rivers State is one of the States listed as not paying the Teachers’ Salary Structure (TSS), what is the position of government on this?
On the issue of TSS, I have told the teachers that if they want TSS, then let’s go back to their salary structure and remove all those other extra allowances that are not suppose to be there but are there. Teachers in Rivers State are currently the highest paid anywhere in the country. We pay more than Federal Government; we pay more than any State government. And I have challenged them to show me any State that pays higher and I will pay TSS. I have told the teachers, we pay TSS and we remove those allowances or you keep those allowances and forget TSS. So we are not going to pay TSS except they accept that we should withdraw those allowances and then start paying TSS. It’s better for me because I will save money and pay less, paying TSS than paying the allowances. Now, they want me to pay TSS and pay the allowances on top, that’s not possible because teachers do not constitute 90 percent of the public service neither do they constitute 90 percent of the people, and I have the people to take care of too.
On amnesty for militants, it is erroneous for anyone to accuse me of not supporting amnesty. They said provide a training ground and a ground for residence for the militants, and I have. I have released money for the renovation of the Aluu training centre. I was the first in Nigeria to open a training ground for anyone who comes out and surrenders his weapons and we are now graduating the first 300 repentant militants. We took them to Jos and some other places for leadership training, skills acquisition etc. We are now talking about how to deploy funds and assist them to establish and own their individual businesses. So how can anybody say I am not supporting Amnesty? It’s political and I don’t bother myself with political talks. The Federal government has made a lot of progress in Rivers State as far as Amnesty for repentant militants is concerned, and I support it whole heartedly. I have said here that the State government will not harm any repentant militant that takes advantage of the federal government amnesty deal. I will rather support anyone that comes out and surrenders his weapons. The only other issue is to rehabilitate them; we need to rehabilitate them for them to be able to fit into society again.
Delta state Governor is trying with dualised roads, street lights and T.V viewing centres in most of the 25 local governments, it is not surprising that you can find new banks buildings in almost all the 25 L.Gs apart from cities like Warri, Asaba, Ughelli, Sapele, Agbor, Abraka etc. This gs in the past 2.5 years only.
mine is the most dumb of all governors, the state owned university is on strike as we talk, and he went mediating for fededral govt on ASUU. lip service. oshiomole is a mistake, i was told the esan people will not get bursary cos they did not vote for him, instead they voted for prof osunbor. such a big mistake oshiomole is!!. am leaving school in two months, and still no signs of bursary. osunbor did extremely well in one year. i love dat professor!!
wish u"ll hav d patience 2 read my gov"s profile: he used d first 3 months to plant flowers on the streets, mount few street lights dat is powered by gen sets at the gov house, THEN, d following are on strike as i write, doctors & nurses @ d state teachin hospital, lecturers @ d state college of education, teachers at secondary school, civil servants not on strike are grudgin over non-payment of salaries (4-5 months), my small Abia state is becomin a mess 'cos TA Orji was elected. his son is d chief looter, & d grace of God led him to London were he is currently in jail, being charged 4 money launderin. his personal properties in umuahia are innumerable (these are facts & not rumors). d only state gov that barned okada just within 2 days notice, we're just suffering & smiling in God's supposed state; a gov without any major project should be able to pay his workers confortable.
he has not employed a single soul, he advertised for employment into d state civil service within his 1st 3 months, sold millions of forms & conducted exams, d result never saw d light of d day. try this online & EFCC will be fryin ur Bottom. MY GOVERNOR IS A BIG FLOP & DISAPPOINTMENT, hope he reads this
Definately there are various aspect of development to Enumerate in Goje's administration. I left Gombe b4 the state was created in 1996. The last time i visited the town waz 2004. There was various administrations frm military to civilian. Nobody was credited Mr right but Danjuma Goje. When i knw Gombe the famous problem was water, with Goje's admin today water problem has bcame a history. Educational, Gombe was having only single high institution (Fed college of Educ) former natl technical college (Natec) Goje administration has built Gombe state University. Major roads were built . The only critic is employment oppourtunities ,that i cant mention any.
I cannot speak much about education cos i work now but i there was a strike in secondary schools earlier which is now resolved and he brough back the boys scout redcross and other societies to primary schools. I am also hearing of him adopting a free lunch programme for primary schools next year.
water supply is the same cos i still have my own tank and pumping machine like most people have. But there is extensive construction going on at the Lagos state water corporation in Ikorodu so something must be going on for those who rely on the lagos state water corpration
Drainage is the main drawback to the fashola government especially in victoria island and its environs and some other parts in Lagos. But to solve that i think he has to restore those areas to their original master plan which will result in demolitions. To solve the drainage problem in Lagos is the greatest challenge of this government but in ikorodu where i stay no major drainage problem. But if he can fix oshodi and yaba then nothing do am
Fashola is performing o
He recently ensured the renovation from Ketu to Ikorodu town but to and fro which is my route
I enter BRT to the Island and i have entered the jetty once from ikorodu
Traffic lights in Ikorodu has helped a lot
I feel he could do more if he ensures construction of the fourth mainland bridge but maybe i am just pushing my luck.
As it is now. i wont trade fashola as governor for anyone not even obama. A government that has an impact on the every day lives of an average citizen like me is a true government
All of you keeps talking about how these people chop money. I could remember a friend of mine. I won't mention his name. he is still a governor now. Before he became gov, his party called a fund raiser for him, here in London. We all contributed, as at that time no one knows him. Before the end of the election I asked him a question, How were you able to fund this campaign because I know the amount that was raised that day was not much. He said he had to sell 2 houses here in London.
I asked him another question. How would you make these venture profitable? I won't tell you his answer, but put yourself in his shoes. Firstly won't you buy your houses back? or buy something better before listening to the public's needs.
That does not mean I agree with those chop and quench, But any business that is not profitable is not worth doing. Politics is profitable only if common sense is mixed.