#OBFocus! Rotimi Amaechi- Honorable Minister for Transportation, Federal Republic of Nigeria


Hello OB Readers, We are excited to bring to you a new segment on titled PERSONALITY FOCUS (#OBFocus). In this segment we would feature The very best and top personalities in Nigeria, and Africa. This way, you get to know more about them, their aspirations and can air your views of what is expected of them as captains in their industries.

On today’s Personality Focus, we have The Minister of Transportation Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi.

Rotimi Amaechi cut his early teeth in politics as Secretary of the now defunct National Republican Convention in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State. Between 1992 and 1994, he was Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Sir (Dr.) Peter Odili, and also a member of the Board of West Africa Glass Industry as well as Risonpalm Nigeria Limited. Dr. Peter Odili believed in him as a young man with potential in politics, and adopted him as a political son, guiding and nurturing him in politics, and consequently facilitating his election into the Rivers State House of Assembly in 1999.

This relationship between him and Odili translated into a harmonious relationship between the Executive and Legislative arms of government in Rivers State, until when Rotimi Amaechi launched a campaign against the State Government, and verbally attacked the image of the State Governor, in an effort to succeed Peter Odili as governor in 2007.

He was the Rivers State’s Secretary of the Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN) caretaker committee after in 1996 during the transition programme of General Sanni Abacha junta.

In 1999, he contested and won a seat to become a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly to represent his constituency. He was subsequently elected as the Speaker of the House of Assembly. Amaechi was elected the Chairman of Nigeria’s Conference of Speakers of State Assemblies. He was reelected into the State House of Assembly in May 2003 and was also re-elected as the Speaker. In 2003 when the National Assembly moved to hijack the legislative functions of the State house of Assembly as enshrined in the constitution, he and his colleagues took the matter to Nigeria’s supreme court and the court gave a judgment that the control and supervision of local government is the prerogative of the State House of Assembly.

He contested and won the People’s Democratic Party primary for Rivers State Governor in 2007. His name was substituted by the party, an action which he challenged in court. The case eventually got to the Supreme Court.

He became governor on October 26, 2007, after the Supreme Court ruled that he was rightful candidate of the PDP and winner of the April 2007 Governorship election in Rivers State.

He was reelected for a second term of four years in April 2011.

His administration invested in infrastructure development, construction of roads and bridges, sticking to the vision of connecting all parts of the state by road. The governor was also committed to urban renewal and modernization of transportation services. His administration began building a monorail to provide mass transportation within the city of Port Harcourt.

Some power plant projects (Afam, Trans Amadi, Onne) were also built to improve power supply in the State.

Chibuike Amaechi holds the national honour of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON). He is a Christian Catholic and a Knight of St. John.

Amaechi was appointed the Director-General of the All Progressives Congress 2015 Presidential Campaign.

2015-Till Date Ameachi was recently appointed the Honorable Minister for Transportation, Federal Republic of Nigeria

As we round up 2017, do you think Amaechi will exceed all expectations in the coming 2018? Share your thoughts with us below and on Instagram. Also follow the hashtag #OBFocus

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