15 February 2013

Nigeria: Why I Ignored FG Over Power Transmission - Amaechi

The Rivers State Governor and the Chairman of Governors Forum, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amechi, stated that he ignored federal government's order and went ahead to start state power generation in the state.

Amechi disclosed this yesterday during a courtesy visit by the National Good Governance Tour team in Port Harcourt, where he pointed out that his administration's resolve is to provide steady power supply and also posited that Rivers State had already achieved steady power supply in some parts of the state.

He opined that his administration does not see steady power supply as a rocket science, which informed his decision to go all his way to ignore federal government after refusing to grant him the permission to transmit power.

"I went ahead in my usual way to give my people light after federal government refused to permit me to do so. But today, we have 541 Mega Watts of electricity and the only state transmission line in the country.

In the same vein, Governor Amechi avowed that tough developmental rivalry has taken its centre stage in the Governors' forum, contrary to public insinuation that the rivalry was politically motivated.

While briefing the GGT team in his office, Gov. Amechi stated that he supported the tour because it is non-partisan and development oriented.

He further stated that despite the rivalry, they never indulged in any bitter argument for political gains as the rivalry revolves around who performs better in their respective states.

Amechi who commended the ongoing GGT initiative, said government is no longer about governance but about involving the private sector to contribute the transformation of the economy.

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