Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has flayed the purported attempt by the state House of Assembly to probe the outgoing administration of Governor Chibuike Amaechi. A statement issued in Port Harcourt, Rivers state doubted the sincerity of the law makers and wondered where they were all these years.
The statement signed by Barrister Frank Owhor, Secretary of the Transition Committee of the PDP governor-elect Barrister Nyesom Wike observed that “The people and residents of Rivers State watch with disdain the melodrama of so-called Rivers State legislators pretending to probe the administration of the defeated and lameduck Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi.” According to Owhor, “ In recent days the media has been awash with reports of the Rivers State House of Assembly purportedly investigating reports of unpaid salaries of workers, financial recklessness and profligacy of its political aides and appointees.
In the words of the law-makers “financial frugality has been jettisoned to the waste bin.” Owhor observed that “The local government areas are drifting to the Hobbesian State of Nature”.
It is curious for the House of Assembly to suddenly pretend to show concern about mismanagement of public funds, and express worry about the state’s economy that is in shambles. There is more to this charade than meets the eye.”
He insisted that Despite the populist posturing of the so-called members of the Rivers State House of Assembly, every discerning observer can see through the smoke-screen of pretence.
It is interesting that with a few days to the end of this ignominious administration the self-styled members of the House of Assembly are either just hearing or knowing that salaries and pensions have not been paid for many months and that Rivers State has been a victim of financial recklessness and gross maladministration, particularly in the last four years.
“The House of Assembly has never questioned Governor Amaechi over the tens of billions of Naira wasted on the mono-rail project that is “closer than never”. The N4.5 billion Gov. Amaechi is spending without appropriation under the guise of conducting Local Government Council elections barely 5 days to the end