Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Government has given reasons why it is seeking for a N10 billion loan which the State House of Assembly has already given approval. The Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Publicity Opunabo Inko Taria gave the reasons in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, the state capital while reacting to allegations by the state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) that the loan was not in public interest.
According to Inko Taria, the loan would facilitate the immediate revival of the state and the commencement of a rebuilding process promised the people of the state by Governor Nyesom Wike.
Inko Tariah pointed out that “The scheme of the Rivers State APC to use its ill-gotten wealth from its dastardly corruption and theft of state resources to distract the Wike administration through sponsored falsehood has failed.
Wike is effectively and efficiently on the driving seat and, is on course to revive the state, and ensure that the people benefit from good governance premised on accountability, transparency and prudent management of state resources.
“Work is in progress to clean up the mess created by the immediate past administration in the state. Rivers APC and their leaders churning out false statements against actions of the Wike Administration should be responsible enough to hide their faces in shame after a disappointing outing while in government.” I
nko Tariah stated that “The former governor Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and his lieutenants left the state in crippling debts; months of unpaid salaries and pensions as a deliberate attempt to frustrate the new administration in the state.
He left an empty treasury with a huge debt burden, which he publicly admitted in his last state wide broadcast.” He continued that Wike already has settled down to get Rivers State working again cataloguing his achievements and underlined that “just in two weeks, he has revived the state judiciary, the state legislature and has commenced the process of strengthening all comatose government institutions in the state.”
“He has commenced the rehabilitation of Port Harcourt roads under the ‘ Operation Zero Potholes Programme’ and has started the cleaning up of Port Harcourt City after the immediate past administration left the city in a huge mess, due to the N1.8billion debt it owed refuse disposal contractors for more than four months.”