By Taye Obateru
Josâ€”Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has identified good governance and responsiveness to the needs of the people by leaders as way out of the rising violence against the society by the masses.
He also said leadership at the national level and in the Niger Delta could not be absolved of blame from the neglect suffered by the region over the years which resulted in the current level of degradation.
The governor spoke on Monday in a lecture on â€œGood Governance as a Prerequisite for Achieving Vision 20-2020 and the Seven Point Agenda: The Rivers State Experience,â€ delivered to participants of the Senior Executive Course 31 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS), Kuru, Plateau State.
He said the manner the masses visited violence on the Nigerian system at the slightest excuse was a reaction to bad governance which must be promptly addressed to stem the tide.
Amaechi urged leaders at all levels to be more responsive to the needs of the citizenry as a way of stemming the anger of the people against the system, stressing the need to build strong structures that would withstand the complexities of the country.
He said governance must be conducted in a fair manner to create equal opportunities for every Nigerian and promote efficiency and accountability.
He stressed the need to attain power sufficiency if the goals of Vision 20:2020 would be achieved and acknowledged current efforts by the Federal Government to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity by December.
The governor said the administration in Rivers State was out to render humble, transparent and accountable stewardship anchored on integrity and good governance to the people and reeled out efforts in the education health and other sectors in this regard.