By George Onah
Port Harcourtâ€”The Rivers State government has said that it would not witch-hunt anyone because of the personâ€™s political relationship or affiliation to the former governor of the state, Dr. Peter Odili.
Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi made the clarification yesterday at Omoku, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area during a meeting with stakeholders to fashion out a pathway for peace in the area.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Magnus Abe, the governor said his administration had great respect for Dr. Peter Odili and has furthered the policy objectives of his administration that conformed to that of the present administration, while not abandoning the projects initiated by him.
He cited the Independent Power Project (IPP) which the present government was funding to completion, the mile one market and the shopping mall along Aba Road which were initiated by previous government.
The governor explained that those seeking relevance from the present administration should not raise unnecessary sentiments to deceive the people but approach issues based on their merit.
Amaechi disclosed that his government had not denied any contractor funds for political reasons, as monies are paid to contractors according to milestones they had achieved on the jobs executed.
He said the present government accords great importance to the people of ONELGA based on their contributions to the economic growth of the country, hence it rejected all arguments and nominated their son as the Managing Director of NDDC.
The project under the present dispensation, he said, was spread across the state, stating that government was trying to bring about positive change in the state to the benefit of all Rivers people, and advised those singing in discordant tunes to beat a retreat.
Amaechi said government intended to place public facilities at the disposal of the people, emphasizing that the potential of the city of Omoku for growth informed his decision to direct the Ministry of Urban Development to begin the planning of the town.
He said the commissioner for power had been given the mandate to electrify all the communities in the state, including ONELGA to encourage small and medium scale businesses to grow the economy of the area.
He regretted that the quest for money was responsible for people taking the lives of their kinsmen, adding that youth activities in the area have become inimical to the interest of the people, saying that it would no longer be tolerated.
â€œIf you adopt the argument that the federal and state governments do not like you, why should you kill yourselves?â€ He queried, while assuring them of the stateâ€™s preparedness to develop the area through the provision of basic amenities to improve the standard of living.
In his speech, the Eze Oba of Ogbaland HRM Eze Chukwumela Obi, called on the people to enthrone enduring peace in the area, while blaming the local government council for promoting restiveness in the area.