Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, explained why his predecessor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi who is currently the Transport Minister, was not honoured by the state government on Saturday.
The Government of Rivers State on Saturday honoured 127 distinguished personalities including past leaders of the state, during the military and democracy era.
According to Wike, the law establishing the award would be amended to ensure that people of questionable character did not get honour from the state.
He noted that Amaechi did not merit the award because he was indicted by a judicial commission of inquiry into the sale of assets belonging to the state.
“You will agree with me that any person with such antecedents and formal indictments is not and cannot be a fit and proper person to be bestowed with state honours.
“Accordingly, we queried the nomination of Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi on the premise but conceded, albeit, reluctantly when we were told that his nomination was fiat accompli under the State Honours Law by virtue of his position as a former governor of the state.
“Now that our unusual magnanimity in the spirit of the Jubilee is unappreciated, we think it is proper to amend the law and safeguard its credibility from being eroded or undermined.
“Rivers people are all proud of you. You are our heroes. You have inspired generations and we pray you continue to inspire us by upholding the finest values of hard word, courage, commitment, determination, competitive spirit, love for knowledge and love for your country, your state and the nation,” he said.