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Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has had a fulfilling political career. At different times, he has been the Governor of Rivers State, Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly and held several other offices. He tells TUNJI ABIOYE and TOFARATI IGE about his career, family and other issues in a Punch News interview.

Asked at what point did you develop an interest in politics?

Mr Amarchi replied, “My father was a politician. He ran for councillorship during his time. However, I didn’t join politics because I wanted to be a leader or because I wanted to solve Nigeria’s problems. I joined because of unemployment. I also believe there is a part that grace played in it.

I actually got auditioned at the Nigeria Television Authority to be a broadcaster. I recall that I walked into their office then and said I wanted to see a certain person. But the person I met asked me if I had been auditioned because I had a wonderful voice. I told him I hadn’t and he asked for me to be auditioned. However, before the employment letter came, I was already into politics. That saved me. I would have been a broadcaster by now.”

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