Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi
Honourable Minister of Transportation, Nigeria
Rotimi Amaechi was born on 27 May 1965 in Ubima, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State to the family of late Elder Fidelis Amaechi and Mrs Mary Amaechi. He was raised in Diobu, a densely populated neighbourhood in Port Harcourt.Education. He had his early education at St Theresa's Primary School from 1970 to 1976. He earned his West African School Certificate in 1982 after attending Government Secondary School Okolobiri. Chibuike received a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) in English Studies and Literature from the University of Port Harcourt in 1987, where he was the President of the National Association of Rivers State Students (NURSS).
Rt. Hon. 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 and also a member of the Board of West Africa Glass industry as well as Risonpalm Nigeria Limited. He was the Rivers State's Secretary of the Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN) caretaker committee 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 the State Assembly. Amaechi was elected the Chairman of Nigeria's Conference of Speakers of State Assemblies. He was re-elected back into the State House of Assembly in May 2003 and was also re-elected as the Speaker. He contested and won the Rivers State Gubernatorial race in 2007.and became Governor on 26 October 2007. He was re-elected for a second term of four years in April 2011. He was also the Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum between 2011 to 2015.
His administration invested in infrastructure development, construction of roads and bridges sticking to the vision of connecting all parts of the state by road. As governor, he was also committed to urban renewal and modernization of transportation services. His administration also started monorail project in Rivers State with a bid to providing mass transportation within the city of Port Harcourt. Some power plants projects (Afam, Trans Amadi, Onne) are also initiated (and at completion stage at the end of his administration) to improve power supply in the State.