Rivers govt ac­cuses Amaechi of em­bez­zling N3trn

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

The Rivers State Gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day ac­cused former Gov­er­nor Chibuike Amaechi of frit­ter­ing N3 tril­lion be­long­ing to the State in eight years, say­ing that Amaechi left ‘most aban­doned projects in the his­tory of the State’.

In a re­ac­tion, how­ever, the op­po­si­tion party in the state, the All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress (APC), said the al­le­ga­tion was un­founded, as Amaechi could not have wasted such sum un­der any cir­cum­stances.

The State Com­mis­sioner for In­for­ma­tion, Dr. Tam-Ge­orge who lev­elled the al­le­ga­tion against Amaechi, re­marked that while Amaechi’s ad­min­is­tra­tion bor­rowed N4 bil­lion agri­cul­tural loan from the Cen­tral Bank with no record of farmer­ben­e­fi­cia­ries, Gov­er­nor Wike’s N2 bil­lion loan from the same source had recorded 35,000 ben­e­fi­cia­ries that were small and medium scale en­trepreneurs.

Speak­ing on the al­le­ga­tion, the Rivers State APC pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary, Mr Chris Finebone dis­missed it, ac­cus­ing the State In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sioner of reel­ing out imag­i­nary fig­ures.

Finebone said, “For once, you guys should ask the Com­mis­sioner what was used for those un­com­pleted projects he claimed was aban­doned. It is im­por­tant he cross-check his records so that he can over­come his lit­tle dream world of make-be­lief.”

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