ByÂ George Onah
Port Harcourtâ€”Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi said at the weekend that criminality in the Niger Delta has weakened the genuine aspiration for resource control, noting that there was need for a line to be drawn between criminality and genuine struggle for resource control.
â€œI know that Nigeria is going through difficulties but you can be sure that we shall get out of it,â€ the governor said, explaining that government was making conscious effort to reduce criminality in the country.
Amaechi recalled the traumatic experience people went through in the state between 2002 and 2007 as a result of activities of militants and urged those who were yet to embrace the Federal Governmentâ€™s amnesty to see it as an opportunity to turn a new leaf.
Speaking, Sunday, at an interdenominational church service as the nation prepares to mark its 49th independence anniversary, he called on Nigerians, especially youths of the Niger Delta, to shun acts that threaten the unity of the country.
Represented by Deputy Governor, Tele Ikuru, at St. Paulâ€™s Cathedral Church, Diobu, the governor said the country was passing through some difficulties, but expressed the hope that there would be light at the end of the tunnel.
He explained that the amnesty offer to militants in the Niger Delta by President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua was a clear indication of governmentâ€™s commitment to reducing criminality.
He renewed his appeal to university lecturers, especially those of the state University of Science and Technology Port Harcourt, to go back to the classroom in the interest of the nation to avoid what befell the countryâ€™s educational system in the 90s, which led to some youth to turn to crime.
Also Speaking, the wife of the governor Dame Judith Amaechi, thanked Rivers people for their prayerful support and to God for her miraculous healing from the multiple fracture she sustained recently from a domestic accident.
In his sermon, venerable Emmanuel Oko-Jaja, said as Nigeria celebrates its 49th anniversary of nationhood, citizens of the country should turn to God for intervention so as to bring about positive changes.
Oko-Jaja, was of the view that Nigerians should have a rethink because the problems of the nation was not caused by one person, but that all Nigerianâ€™s share in the blame, advocating that leaders must identify with the problems that affect the people.
He said Nigeria, as the giants of Africa, lacked basic infrastructural facilities, such as electricity and described the on-going federal government, and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) impasse as unnecessary, adding that quick resolution would save the educational system in the country.