By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT— PARENTS and guardians in Rivers State, must show their voters card before their children and wards can be admitted into public schools, Governor Chibuike Amaechi, has said.
The Governor, who sounded this warning, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, reminded the people that voting was part of their civic responsibilities. He ruled out any form of rigging in the coming elections, assurring that the people’s vote would count.
He lamented the ugly clash that erupted recently in B Dere and K Dere communities, which resulted in the death of one person and several houses burnt.
Amaechi, who said such a situation was intolerable in the state, assured that a judicial commission of inquiry would be set up on the sad incident. Adding that the government would implement the white paper on the sad incident.
Amaechi who spoke at an inter denominational service at St Paul’s Cathedral, Diobu, Port Harcourt, to mark his three years in office, further urged people of the state to embrace the recently introduced social service contributory levey.
According to him, it would help sustain and maintain the standard in the model schools and keep the free heath service scheme running.
“The only way we can bargain in Abuja is if we have two million voting strength, we can say give us what we want or we keep back our votes”
“In course of governing I know I may have hurt a lot of people, but consider, if we did not demolish people’s Houses we would not have been able to expand most of our roads”, as he apologized to such people.
Governor Amaechi used the occasion to express appreciation to the Legislative and Judicial arms of Government, members of his cabinet, the clergy and the people of the state for their support, which he said had enabled Him to succeed these past three years and called for continuous prayers of the church.
In his sermon the Arch Bishop, Niger Delta Province and Bishop of Niger Delta North most Rev. Ignatius Kattey urged the Governor to remain steadfast in prayer the way he started, pointing out that he has so far demystified the office of the Governor.
Bishop Kattey pointed out that the past three years of Governor Amaechi’s administration has been glorious to the state, as there has been improvement in security and infrastructural development, adding that, Governor Amaechi should not forget that as a leader people must continue to criticize Him.
The first lesson of the service was read by Governor Chibuike Amaechi while the Speaker Rivers State House of Assembly read the second.
The Service featured special prayers for the Governor and his family, the state and the country as well as special renditions and thanksgivings.