Press Release: Wike, his red herring panel of inquiry and the mythical ‘missing’ N53bn

Former Rivers State Governor, Amaechi

Former Rivers State Governor, Amaechi

The attention of the media office of Former Governor Chibuike Rotimi
Amaechi has been drawn to a statement credited to the chairman of Mr
Nyesom Wike’s invidious panel of inquiry.

The statement credited to the panel’s chairman Justice Omeriji of a
“missing” N53 billion is unfortunate and leaves much to be desired.
The mischief is all the more evident as the funds referred to are
funds from the Rivers State reserve fund which was duly approved by
the Rivers State House of Assembly and whose expenditure were duly
captured and appropriated.

Ordinarily we might not have responded to the mischief of Mr. Wike
knowing that having failed with his various desperate tactics to stop
the nomination of the Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi as a minister he has
embarked on this last ditch effort which is his trump card in the hope
that it will diminish the former governor’s towering stature as a
statesman and honest Nigerian.

However in keeping with Governor Amaechi’s ethos of transparent and
accountable leadership we will again repeat the facts of the matter.

Between 2013 and early 2015 revenue accruing to the government of
Rivers State was cut in half due to dwindling federal allocation to
states. From about an average of N 20 billion, the state began
receiving between N9 and N10 billion. By the middle of the first
quarter of 2015 the state revenue dipped to as low as N6 billion.
Salaries alone stood at over N9 billion besides other expenses.

Government had set aside the reserve funds for the rainy day and had
need to fall back to it to fund salaries and projects. The details of
the expenditure were very clearly captured and this information which
was already in the public domain was shared with the incoming
government and the Omeriji panel.

Government business should be transparent and honest and if indeed Mr.
Nyesom Wike understands the basics of governance then he should know
that rather than playing to the gallery with his red herring of a
panel, he should simply go to court and prove his spurious allegations
of corruption.

Spending resources left behind for the betterment of Rivers people by
a prudent and thrifty government on frivolities is indeed
irresponsible and unbecoming for a person who aspires to public office
especially that of the exalted office of governor.
We would counsel Mr. Wike to focus on the job at hand and try to make
something of the few days he has before he leaves Brick House, per
adventure he might yet make some positive impact on the minds of
Rivers people.

The Media Team of
Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaech

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