NEWS Wike re­ceives panel re­port •It’s mis­chief – Amaechi

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Vic­tor Edozie, Port Har­court

Rivers State Gover­nor, Nye­som Wike, yesterday re­ceived the re­port of the Ju­di­cial Com­mis­sion of In­quiry which in­ves­ti­gated the sale of gov­ern­ment prop­erty and other re­lated mat­ters by the for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tion of Ro­timi Amaechi.

Re­ceiv­ing the re­port from the com­mis­sion’s chair­man, Jus­tice Ge­orge Omereji at the Gov­ern­ment House in Port Har­court, the gover­nor said his ad­min­is­tra­tion would dili­gently im­ple­ment its rec­om­men­da­tions in the in­ter­est of the state and her peo­ple.

He said in ad­di­tion to im­ple­ment­ing the re­port, his ad­min­is­tra­tion would make its con­tent public and in­ti­mate the public on the next line of ac­tion.

“We will make sure that we swing into ac­tion im­me­di­ately to see that the rec­om­men­da­tions are im­ple­mented. We will not be in­tim­i­dated by any­body or group of per­sons. So many things have been done to dis­credit your com­mis­sion. But to me, I know when the hands of a per­son are not clean, he re­sorts to the media” he said. Chair­man of the com­mis­sion, Jus­tice Ge­orge Omereji, ad­vised the state gov­ern­ment to act on it quickly to en­sure that state funds stashed in pri­vate ac­counts are re­cov­ered.

Re­act­ing, for­mer gover­nor Ro­timi Amaechi said in a state­ment from his media of­fice that the state­ment cred­ited to the panel’s chair­man, Jus­tice Omer­iji on a “miss­ing” N53bn was un­for­tu­nate and left much to be de­sired.

“The mis­chief is all the more ev­i­dent as the funds re­ferred to are funds from the Rivers State re­serve fund which was duly ap­proved by the state House of Assem­bly and whose ex­pen­di­ture was duly cap­tured and ac­counted for”, he said.

He added that be­tween 2013 and early 2015, rev­enue ac­cru­ing to the state was cut in half due to dwin­dling fed­eral al­lo­ca­tions.

“From about an av­er­age of N20bn, the state be­gan re­ceiv­ing be­tween N9 and N10bn. By the mid­dle of the first quar­ter of 2015, the state rev­enue dipped to as low as N6bn. Salaries alone stood at over N9n be­sides other ex­penses. Gov­ern­ment set aside re­serve funds as a rainy day fund and had need to fall back to it to find salaries and projects. The de­tails of the ex­pen­di­ture were very clearly cap­tured and this in­for­ma­tion which was al­ready in the public do­main was shared with the in­com­ing gov­ern­ment and the Omer­iji panel”, he said.

He ad­vised the state gov­ern­ment to go to court and prove his al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion, in­stead of spend­ing state re­sources meant for the bet­ter­ment of Rivers peo­ple through fri­vol­i­ties.

From left: Com­man­der, 9 Mech­a­nized Brigade, Bri­gadier Ahmed Mo­hammed Sabo; State Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Mr. Fatai Owoseni; Com­man­der, 435 Base Ser­vice Group, Ikeja, Air Com­modore Dan­ladi Santa Bausa; and the Sec­re­tary to the State Gov­ern­ment, Mr. Tunji Bello, shortly af­ter the State Se­cu­rity Coun­cil meet­ing chaired by Gover­nor Am­bode, at the La­gos House, Ikeja on Tues­day. Photo Govt. House

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