The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, has on Saturday, June 25, described as shocking
and wicked, the many cases of alleged uncovered diversion of funds meant
for the rehabilitation of dilapidated public schools in the State,
under the administration of former Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
The PDP Rivers State Chairman, Bro Felix
Obuah, made this observation, while reacting to the published list of
persons invited by the State Senior Secondary Schools Board, for
explanations over monies received from the immediate past
administration, under Amaechi, but not used for the projects so
awarded, and some collected, without project sites.
The State PDP Chairman, said he was more
worried that a government that made so much noise about giving the best
education to the Rivers children, could condone such recklessness and
allow monies earmarked to renovate the schools and provide the right
atmosphere for studying, frittered away with careless abandon.
While enjoining the current State
government not to limit its searchlight to the mess in the education
sector, Obuah, said this was the kind of fraud the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, should be going after, with a view to
recovering the loots and bringing to book the culprits.
The State PDP Chairman however,
regretted that rather than spread its dragnet for such fraudsters to
sanitize the society, the anti-craft agency was busy haunting opponents
of the All Progressives Congress-led, APC, Federal Government, innocent
citizens, most of whom have spent the better part of their lives in
service to the country.
“Notwithstanding the collaboration
between those responsible for the parlous state of the public schools
and the general looting of Rivers State treasury, and the
anti-corruption agents, the Rivers State government should not leave any
stone unturned in exposing illegalities discovered anywhere in the
State, under the administration of Amaechi and those behind them, no
matter the social status of their perpetrators,” Obuah stated.
He therefore, urged all those implicated
in the ghost contracts and looting in Rivers State under the Amaechi
administration, to do the needful, by being ready and willing to refund
the stolen funds and save the State further waste of scarce resources on
In response, the Rivers State chapter of
the APC, faulted the accusations made against the former Governor, and
described it as a diversion from the looming investigation by the EFCC,
on the activities of the current Governor.
The APC, expressed shock about Wike’s
resort to wild and baseless accusations, when the noose was tightening
on his “inglorious” government.
The APC through its State Secretary,
Chris Finebone, noted that the recent reported invitation to certain
companies and persons by the Rivers State Secondary Schools’ Board on
funds allegedly collected for renovation of secondary schools in Rivers,
under Amaechi’s administration, was nothing more than the old tired
refrain by Wike’s government and the PDP, to divert attention.