Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Government might sue the immediate past governor of the state, Chibuike Amaechi of his failure to hand over to the incumbent. The Rivers State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution directing the Attorney General of the State, Mr. Emmanuel Aguma to take all necessary steps within the ambit of the law to compel Amaechi to present a hand over note to the present administration.
The House frowned at what it called the “deliberate refusal of the former governor to present a hand over note to his successor, Barr Nyesom Wike.” The resolution, which was passed by 28 lawmakers, was sequel to a motion moved on the floor of the House by member representing Degema constituency, Doctor Farah Dagogo, titled “A motion to compel the former governor of Rivers State, Hon Chibuike Amaechi to make available handover note to the new administration”.
Moving the motion, Dagogo observed that the present administration do not know the assets and liabilities of the state due to the failure of the exgovernor to properly handover to his successor. According to Dagogo, “Part of our oversight function is to prevent people and institutions from doing the wrong thing. If we fail to do this, we are setting a bad precedence in the state. This is why this motion is exigent considering the fact that the past administration failed to give handover note.
As it stands now, the current position of the state finances is unknown because the state is in a precarious position.” In his contribution, the member representing Asari- Toru (I), Enemi Alabo George, submitted that government is a continuum and underlined that the matter if not tackled will set a bad precedent in the state. House Leader, Martin Amaewhule stated that government business must be conducted in the interest of the state, saying no one is above the law. Amaewhule suggested that the attorney general should be directed to employ all possible means within the law to compel the former governor to provide the handover note.
The Speaker, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, who later divided the House, commended the mover of the motion, saying the state is greater than any one individual. The house also summoned the Permanent Secretary, Director of Finance and Accounts, and the Director of Constituency Projects in the state Ministry of Works to appear before the House Thursday on Thursday, June 25, to explain their roles in the execution of constituency projects in the state between 2012 and 2014. The invitation came after the House deliberated on a motion moved by the Leader, Hon Martin Amaewhule to “Review the impact of Constituency Projects between 2012-2014 in the state.