Political Leaders Of Rivers State Lament Vandalisation And Looting Of Government House Port Harcourt During A Tour With Gov. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike
Tony Ita-Etim, Port Harcourt
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State yesterday took leaders of the state on a tour of Government House Port Harcourt which was allegedly vandalised by officials of the immediate past administration of Rotimi Amaechi. Along with Governor Wike, the leaders toured the Residential Quarters, Offices and the Banquet Hall where key furniture, televisions and electrical installations were vandalised and removed by the former administration.
Prominent Rivers leaders on the tour were the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, former Deputy Governor Tele Ikuru, former Attorney- General of the State, Frank Owhor, Acting National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, Former Minister of Sports, Dr Danagogo, Former Minister of Trade and investment, Kenneth Kobani and Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah. Former Minister of Transport, Dr. Abiye Sekibo and Nigeria’s Ambassador to South Korea, Desmond Akawor were also on the tour.
Speaking with journalists after the tour, the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Harry-Banigo, berated officials of the immediate past administration for embarking on the vandalism of public property. Immediate Past Deputy Governor, Chief Ikuru, regretted that officials of the Amaechi administration would stoop so low to allegedly steal furniture, coat of arms, crested rugs and electrical fittings in the Government House. He urged the governor to take steps to ensure that all those involved in the looting of facilities at the Government House were brought to book. Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah, also condemned the vandalism of beds and furniture at the official residence of the Governor.
He said: “It is unimaginable that the beds, chairs and official crested rugs in the Governor’s official quarters were stolen. Even the foam they left is Mouka foam, which they used to replace the original foam. “This level of looting is embarrassing and must not go unpunished. It is sad that officials of the last administration will go to that level in their quest to destabilise the incoming administration”, he noted. At the Banquet Hall of the Government House, Port Harcourt, more than 500 chairs were allegedly removed by officials of the last administration. Also removed were tables from the facility that sits 1000 persons. Kitchen accessories at the Governor’s official residence were not spared in the looting spree that characterised the last administration’s last hours in power.