Rotimi Amaechi is a top Nigerian political figure. He is currently the Federal Minister of Transportation in Nigeria.
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.
Rotimi Amaechi is married to Judith Amaechi and and together, they have 3 boys.
Rotimi’s Educational Background
Rotimi Attended St Theresa’s Primary School (1970 – 1976). For his Secondary education, he attended Government Secondary School Okolobiri.
He moved on to the University of Port Harcourt in 1987 where he obtained a degree in Studies and Literature. 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’s Political Career:
After his political stint in school, Rotimi started off politics on a more serious note serving as the Secretary of the defunct National Republican Convention in Ikwere Local Government.
After his NYSC, he worked for a while with the Pamo Clinics and Hospitals Limited owned by the deputy governor of Rivers State, until 1992.
From there, he became a Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Sir (Dr.) Peter Odili. In no time, Peter Odili became his mentor. He worked side by side with him; as he also became a member of the Board of West Africa Glass industry and Risonpalm Nigeria Limited.
In 1996, Rotimi was Rivers State’s Secretary of the Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN) caretaker committee under General Sani Abacha’s administration.
With the help of his political God father Odili, Rotimi became a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly by 1999. He also became the speaker of the house and served 2 tenures in that capacity (1999-2007).
His relationship with Peter Odili went sour as he tirelessly fought and succeeded in replacing him on October 26, 2007 as governor. He contested and won under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He was re-elected in 2011 for a second tenure under the same party.
Rotimi’s administration had its perks. It foresaw the rise in infrastructural developments; particularly on road construction, urban renewal and modernized transportation, in Rivers State.
After the 2015 elections, Rotimi contested the results and requested a re-run. After the re-run, he lost the gubernatorial seat to the current governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike.
The political titan who has always been under the PDP umbrella defected to the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC). The defection earned him an appointment as the opposition party’s Director-General of the Presidential campaign. It also secured him his recent position as the Minister of Transport.
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.