Biography on Rotimi Amaechi
|Date of Birth||May 27, 1965|
|Political Party||All Progressive Congress (APC)|
|Position Held||Governor of Rivers State (2007-2015) Minister for Transportation (2015-2019)|
Rotimi Amaechi is a top Nigerian political figure. He was the former governor of Rivers State and is currently the Federal Minister of Transportation in Nigeria.
Before his defection to the All Progressives Congress on 27 November 2013, Amaechi was an active member of the People’s Democratic Party.
Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was born on May 27, 1965, to the prominent Elder Fidelis and Mary Amaechi family. He is a native of Ubima, Ikwere Local Government Area, Rivers State. His first and last names are Ikwerre meaning “God is strength or power” and “who knows tomorrow” respectively. He was raised in Diobu , a densely populated neighbourhood in Port Harcourt.
Rotimi Attended St Theresa’s Primary School (1970–1976). For his Secondary education, he attended Government Secondary School Okolobiri.
He moved on to the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, from where he later transferred to obtain a degree in Studies and Literature from the University of Port Harcourt in 1987. While in school, his political traits were conspicuous. He was the President of the National Union of Rivers State Students (NURSS). In 1988, he completed his National Youth Service.
Amaechi first office in politics was 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.
Speaker Rivers state house of representative (1999-2007)
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 Peoples 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 the rightful candidate of the PDP and winner of the April 2007 Governorship election in Rivers State.
He was re-elected 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.
Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi is one of Nigeria’s prominent political personalities. As such, he has made notable achievements in politics. Rotimi Amaechi holds one of the highest national titles in Nigeria. He has been conferred the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).
He became a chieftain in 2000, with the conferment of the Ochi Alirii of Ikwerreland. That same year, the minister who has an oil refinery in Ghana, also won the international award for political leadership.
Rotimi won a couple of awards in 1999 for his brilliant service in parliament as the Speaker. Within a few years as governor, he enriched Rivers State with social amenities, renovated and constructed schools – from Primary to the University; and awarded scholarships to students with sponsorships to study abroad.
He renovated and constructed roads and initiated the construction of the overhead railway in River and so far, is rated the best governor the state has ever had.
Rotimi Amaechi got married to Judith Amaechi in 1993 and together, they have 3 children, Obinna Amaechi, Chimkamkpa Amaechi, Lemchi Amaechi.