BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT: GOVERNOR Chibuike Amaechi has challenged political leaders in the country to take decisive steps towards tackling the twin problem of poverty and unemployment, saying they are responsible for the high state of insecurity in the country.
The governor who spoke weekend in Port Harcourt when the United states Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Enwistle paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Port Harcourt said the twin problems should be urgently addressed in the country.
According to him, “until we deal with the issues of poverty, wealth creation and unemployment, then we may not be able to solve the problem of insecurity”, Amaechi said.
“I am aware that you are leading a delegation on oil theft, I know how qualified you are to take up the assignment in one of the best countries in West Africa with all sorts of complexities that will unravel as you carry out the assignment. We in Rivers State will be delighted to work with you, and I remember that when I was Speaker, the US used to work around here in the state, but now, we no longer see them”, Amaechi explained.
On his part, Ambassador Enwistle said his team was in the state to enlighten the people and also learn from them about the situation.