NewsReel-2 9/9/13 - Unemployment In Rivers And Amaechi's Magic Wand

[ Masterweb Reports: Eze Chukwuemeka Eze reports  ] – I am sure that many watchers of political events in Rivers State would not have imagined that the political crisis rocking that state could last this long, especially against the backdrop that members of the clergy, traditional rulers, civil society, opinion leaders to mention a few have made frantic efforts as they know how to see an end to the imbroglio.


More worrisome is the fact that while some sane and well meaning Nigerians are seeking an end to the crisis, the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP in the state led by Chief Felix Obuah is constantly maintaining a posture that darkens on-going reconciliation efforts, that is if any genuine one exist. The recent expulsion of eighteen loyalists, including Commissioners of the state governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is a case in point.


This development no doubt has cast a dark shadow on the efforts of concerned Nigerians who are eager to see the return of peace to the crude oil and gas rich state.


This sad development described in some quarters as been unprecedented in modern politics was aptly captured by the member representing the Andoni/Opobo-Nkoro Federal Constituency of Rivers State in the House of Representatives and Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), Hon Dakuku Peterside when he said, “Rivers people are peace-loving, decorous and law-abiding. Therefore, Obuah and his co-travelers are a disgrace to Rivers State.  I wondered why a respected party leader like the former National Deputy Chairman of PDP, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja should even be considered for such despicable action of been expelled from the party. To me, the alleged expulsion is one of the absurdities of modern day politics. This action of expelling Dr. Jaja and other leaders of the party in Rivers State is symptomatic of how caution is being thrown to the winds, while morality was on a steady decline. But like every responsible party member, I know this action is of no consequence as they do not have the power to do what they (Obuahled PDP) claimed to have done. Dr. Jaja will contest the PDP party elections for the office of the Deputy National Chairman.   For those ignorant of PDP constitution, let me drew their attention to relevant sections of the PDP Constitution,, “According to Article 21.4 of the PDP Constitution, a member may be suspended by the Working Committee at any level but the member should not lose his or her right to contest any election.  Furthermore, Article 21.6 states that “a decision taken against a member who has not been informed about the charges against him or her or has not been given any opportunity of defending him or herself shall be null and void”.  


Funny enough, even after the Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Mohmamed recently swapped no fewer than 14 Commissioners of Police leaving that of Rivers State, even while the National Assembly and other bodies have called for either Mbu Joseph Mbu’s transfer or removal.. The only option left to those who still feel concern about this unfortunate situation in Rivers State is to continue to pray for the safety of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi the embattled Governor of Rivers State as with God all things are possible.




There is no gainsaying the fact that this time around, the cancerous and menace of unemployment in Nigeria which if unchecked is capable of not only truncating our democracy, but has the potential of destroying our nation by critically examining the proactive and strategically steps that Governor Amaechi of Rivers State has adopted in addressing this menace with hope that other governments in Nigeria will sit up and take a clue before this menace consumes us all.


Before divulging into the main issue, let us listen to some authorities on what they feel about the sad state of unemployment. Explaining this menace better. The great WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE in one of his books, ‘The Merchant of Venice’ described the sorrow state of being unemployed thus “You t

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