The Child who became King: Series 2
With unwavering commitment and Determination He prudently managed our Resources..
I. The Rivers State Secretariat: He built Seven(7) High Rise Buildings. The Tallest buildings in the Niger Delta and The whole South East and South South. The Rivers State Government secretariat which is The tallest and biggest government secretariat in the country apart from the federal secretariat in Abuja. A cluster of about four units of nine storey buildings, including the Podium Block, and the principal secretariat, the Point Block, which is 17-storey high, the secretariat is rated the tallest building in the South-South and South East.
IT COMPRISES OF
I. 4 Nine(9) storey Buildings: The Rivers State Secretariat is comprised of Block A, Block B, Block C and Podium Block. They are nine storey each
II. 3 Seventh (17) Storey buildings : It is called Point Block, and is made up of three crescent-shaped blocks with their curves backing one another. On them are two open hands facing the sun.
He Led the rapid Industrialization and Urbanization of port Harcourt City.
N/B: The Industrialization is well discussed in the later part of this article
He planned this city into Residential Areas and Industrial hubs thus integrating many parts Oboi Akpor into the Port Harcourt City(I stand to be corrected on the Oboi Akpor statement)
II. The Rivers State Sports Complex, which comprises the present day Sharks Stadium and A state of the Art Alfred Diette-Spiff Civic Centre which served as a gathering point for Rivers People.
III. He built the Olympia Hotel: Olympia hotel was The Hotel to beat in those Days. No one could Compete
IV. He Built The Presidential Housing Estate,
V. He initiated the building the state high court complex.
VI. several virgin road projects
VII. The prestigious Presidential Hotel
I. Diette-Spiff also built the state Psychiatric Hospital at Rumuigbo
II. He Built General hospitals in all the local government headquarters in The Old Rivers State comprising of Rivers And Bayalsa State.
In other to boost Tourism, He established the Port Harcourt “INTERNATIONAL” zoo at Trans Amadi Port Harcourt that brought the whole of Sub Saharan Africa and the World to Port Harcourt
The Olympia Hotel and Presidential Hotel mentioned under Infrastructure would also come under Tourism
I. Basic Education
In Education, He built over 200 primary and secondary schools including the Popular Comprehensive secondary School and Sea school Isaka.
II. Tertiary Education
He established most of the best educational institutions in the state till date. Amongst them are
A. The Rivers State College of Science and Technology (renamed Rivers State University of Science and Technology by Okilo) Formerly known as CST. ALTHOUGH THIS WAS WELL PLANNED, STRUCTURED AND ESTABLISHED BY MELFORD OKILO..DIETTE SPIFF PLAYED A ROLE
B. Facilitated the establishment of the University of Port Harcourt, Choba
C. Gave identity to the Rivers State School of Nursing and Midwifery
D. Rivers State College of Education, (renamed Ignatius Ajuru University of Education by Amaechi)
E. Teacher training colleges
F. Rivers State School of Health Technology, among others
III. Overseas Scholarship
A lot of Rivers indigenes who are the Heavy weights today went abroad under his administration’s scholarship. So many of the big names Today benefited from his Overseas scholarship
INDUSTRIALIZATION,JOB CREATION, STATE INVESTMENT AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT
I. The Rivers State Civil Service: He restructured The Rivers Civil Service in a way that They could even generate funds to pay themselves not today that Where Civil Servants just chill and wait for the 30 day cycle for the Government to pay them from the Federal Allocation.
II. Agriculture: He also created jobs through Agriculture by setting up Farms that generated Revenue,Employment and Forex(by Exportation ) through cash crops and Fish Farms.
He established the following state-owned companies such as
B. West African Glass Industry (WAGI)
C. Pabod Breweries Company Limited (PBCL)
D. Rivers State Vegetable Oil Company (RIVOC)
E. Risonpalm-Now Wait ( A 16,000 Hactares of Palm Produce that placed us amongst the highest exporters of palm produce in the whole WORLD)
F. Superbod Stores(Now Spar)
G. Pabod Finance and Investment Company Limited (PFICL),
H. Rivers Insurance company
I. Technical Training Centers
J.Women Training Centres
K. 18 catering rest houses across the state
L. Eastern Iron Wrought Industries Limited (EIWIL), among others.
By this count, 12 mega establishments that provided over 20,000-50,000 direct and indirect jobs.
In addition, Diette-Spiff established the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation (RSNC), Rivers State Broadcasting Corporation (RSBC) AM Station, and initiated the establishment of Rivers State Television.
His administration further established new layout market in old portharcourt township and the portharcourt zoological park at Okujagu -Ama.
Sir Spiff is reputed for awarding foreign scholarships to hundreds of Rivers sons and daughters to study various courses. This act have impacted positively to the socio economic and political development of Rivers state till date. His achievements remains unbeatable both before (The old Eastern region) or after him(The old and present Rivers state) yet as a honourable man, he didn’t return during democracy to run again.
Spiff started at 24 and left office before his 33rd birthday. Right now,A 24 year old youth is still a Jambite and if he tries to go to school, He would be back to join the bandwagon of unemployment. A 33year old youth is probably a whatssap group admin of political jobbers. Youths approaching 40 think that selfies from politicians are endorsements. A man well above 40 is a P. A to a politician.
Listen,it Is our future these guys are toiling with.. If we don’t arise, get involved and take our stand in the grand stance ,we would have nothing to build upon in the future…