Wike delivers heavy blow to Amaechi

By Aiyeku Timothy January 29, 2016 13:08

Wike delivers heavy blow to Amaechi

In the wake of his victory after the Supreme Court’s judgement, Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has asked the former governor of the state and Minister for Transport, Chibuike Amaechi, to account for the financial dealings of his eight years tenure.

The State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Austin Tam-George, who spoke in a press conference in Port Harcourt said Amaechi left “a catastrophic legacy” as about N3 trillion he received throughout his eight years tenure could not be accounted for.

According to him, Amaechi left behind a backlog of unpaid salaries of four months, and refused to pay pensioners for a period of eight months.

“Amaechi left the most abandoned projects in the history of Rivers State since 1997. Thousands of workers were without their salaries for four months and thousands of teachers were not paid for nearly 12 months.

“We have so many abandoned projects which huge sums have been paid, but projects are yet to be completed. We have the mono-rail project that gulped over N60 billion and it was abandoned. We have the Woji road project awarded at N3 billion.

“There was a variation of the project to the upward of N14 billion, but it was abandoned. We inherited the project and completed it. There are so many of the abandoned projects. We have the Karibi George 250 bed project where huge sums of money were paid, but no single block was laid at the site” he said.

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Wike therefore vowed to explore all legal means that will help compel those who looted the state’s treasury to face the law and be punished accordingly.

He also called on the people of the state to be aware of those determined to destroy the gains already made in the state.