Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the insecurity in Rivers State is caused by the high rate of unemployment in the state.
Amaechi, who is a former governor of Rivers State, added that most of the establishments his administration created to employ youths in the state have folded up under the current administration of Nyesom Wike.
Amaechi spoke in Port Harcourt on Sunday during the defection of two former commissioners in the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration and other members of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
He said, “Rivers State is in danger, completely. A state where properties are collected and somebody is busy building everywhere and nobody is talking.
“When I was governor, God knows, I did my best. I did not build only roads, I built schools. I did not build only roads, I built electricity. I built farms. I created employment. Rivers State was not among the highest unemployed community in Nigeria.
“The reason why crime is high in Rivers State is that unemployment is very high. That the reason why we had the Songhai Farm. Today, the Songhai Farm is gone. That is why we had the Banana Farm that they stopped in Khana (Ogoniland).
“That is why we had fish farms and that is why we were building a farm in Etche. We were doing all those things to create employment for the youths. That is why we hired 13,200 teachers and that is why we sent our children overseas to study.”