Following the defection of Dr. Parker, former commissioner for well being Rivers State from the Inexperienced Social gathering of Nigeria to the Folks’s Democratic Social gathering (PDP), a Rivers youth, who’ve been observing the actions of Dr. Parker in politics have dug out an article written by Dr. Parker when he was commissioner beneath the Amaechi’s administration.
CORRUPTION : WIKE KNOWS THE FACE IN THE MIRROR
Aug 20, 2014
I’ve been made conscious of statements by the Minister of State for Schooling, Nyesom Ezebunwo Wike in regards to the Justice Adolphus Karibi Whyte Hospital and our Malaria Elimination Program.
Within the assertion to his supporters, Mr. Wike insinuated that I engaged in corrupt practices in these tasks.I might have dismissed Wike?s claims because the ranting of a quick drowning man who’s disorientated by his circumstances however my duties and obligations as a public servant, accountable to the folks of Rivers State doesn’t enable such luxuries.
Due to this fact, I’m constrained to answer Wike’s delusional statements.
1. The Karibi Whyte Hospital is an on-going mission with a goal completion date. I shall in due time temporary Rivers folks on the progress of the hospital.
Might I rapidly add that the primary contractor was disengaged based mostly on spurious allegations and marketing campaign of calumny orchestrated by Nyesom Wike, then the Chief of Employees and his cohorts. The Governor arrange an unbiased panel of inquiry. The panel exonerated me of any flawed doing and acknowledged that the State had misplaced no cash on the mission. Not glad and blinded by his want to implicate me in some crime pressured the safety companies and ICPC to arrest and indict me. I problem Wike to inform Nigerians how a lot he spent to unfold rumours of my arrest whereas I used to be in United Kingdom on official project. As acknowledged earlier, I’ll give Rivers folks a progress report on the Justice Adolphus Karibi Whyte Hospital. It suffices to state right here that the 1,000 mattress mega hospital is just not an deserted mission and will likely be commissioned earlier than lengthy.
2. Malaria Elimination Program: Rivers State was the primary Statein Nigeria to embark on Malaria elimination. The Governor, after consultations with specialists in Nigeria, ECOWAS and WHO determined that Malaria Elimination was achievable. Malaria is a illness that has killed extra Africans, particularly kids, than all of the world wars and inter tribal wars mixed. This noble imaginative and prescient was supported by ECOWAS andeven some overseas governments. We commenced the primary trial part of this program which concerned spraying of biolarvicidein choose native authorities areas and cities in Rivers State. This was achieved along with the Cuban authorities. The evaluation and the results of the spraying are identified to the folks because the findings had been made public. Malaria incident lowered by as a lot as 63% within the areas we sprayed. In actual fact, it’s the effectiveness and efficacy of our trial that led to the Nationwide Council on Well being adopting Malaria Elimination as a nationwide well being coverage for Nigeria.
Because of the success of this primary part and the excessive price of transporting the biolarvicides we used, authorities, as a way to scale back price determined to arrange a manufacturing facility to fabricate this important substance, in our Malaria Elimination Program. The muse stone for this manufacturing facility was laid by the ECOWAS President Kadre Need Quedraogo and President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who was represented by Minister for Well being Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu on the proposed website Rumuosi in Obio Akpor Native Authorities Space which is Wike?s native authorities of beginning. ECOWAS is a associate on this mission. The manufacturing facility on completion, will provide biolarvicides to your entire nation and past. Development of the manufacturing facility shall quickly begin.
Can Nyesom Ezebunwo Wike declare ignorance of those details?
Honour have to be given to whom it’s due. Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has achieved extraordinarily effectively in conceptualizing and provision of reasonably priced, free qualitative well being care to Rivers folks. I’m proud to have served as his Commissioner for well being for the reason that inception of this administration.
I do know Nyesom Wike very effectively. We’re each merchandise of the Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi political household. Wike could also be described as a son of perdition however he was beloved by his household.
As I acknowledged not too way back, we now have entered one other political season. However this could not deter us from talking the reality to our folks.
The truth is that every one energy belongs to God and He provides to whom it pleases Him to bless. If within the quest for energy we destroy establishments, malign folks and fabricate tales simply to attain low-cost political factors, we idiot no one however ourselves. It’s like constructing a construction on fast sands.
I’m a person of straightforward tastes. My household dimension may be very manageable. I used to be working towards medication earlier than politics. God has blessed me. I do know my historical past. I’ve no want forprimitive acquisition of obscene wealth as I don’t take pleasure in costly habits like consumption of drinks that price a whole lot of 1000’s of naira a bottle. After I journey inside and out of doors Nigeria I’m content material to take action in business airliners. But I really feel no envy or jealousy in the direction of those that, whilst serving public officers, journey in personal jets no less than twice per week.
I problem Nyesom Wike to make identical claims. Wike has been in public service all of his grownup life. There isn’t any file that he has labored anyplace, both as a lawyer or a businessman, but Nyesom wike has properties in Port Harcourt valued at overN5,000,000,000 ( 5 billion naira )
I shall give 50% of my August wage to Nyesom Wike or anyone who can show that the Minister of State for Schooling has travelled to Port Harcourt on a business flight greater than two occasions since being sworn in as Minister of State for Schooling. I repeat, no less than two stubs of flight tickets or manifest that proves that Wike was a passenger on any business airline. Who pays for the chattered flights Wike involves Port Harcourt with no less than two occasions per week?
Wike?s personal residence in Asokoro, Abuja, is claimed to be price no less than ?1,000,000,000.00 (One billion naira). How did the minister of state for training purchase that sort of property?
How can a person who has by no means managed a personal firm in his life afford tens of vehicles which he doles out to his supporters? Did he sponsor a few of his supporters to the world cup in Brazil together with his wage as Minister? What number of years did he lower your expenses to sponsor these folks to Brazil?
Wike ought to inform Nigerians who pays for his favourite brandy, Louis XIII, which prices no less than??5,000 (5 thousand kilos) or ?1,400,000 a bottle?
Conversely, I problem Wike to inform Nigerians and certainly the world my belongings, other than my home in Okrika, in order to assist his allegations towards me. He must also expose all of the belongings acquired by Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi who he claims to have made Governor ofRivers State.
The injunction that ?those that stay in glass homes shouldn’t throw stones? ought to have been imbibed by Wike.
He claims to be a lawyer however can’t present one temporary written by him. His familiarity with court docket rooms are because of being a plaintiff or defendant in legislation fits. A person with no seen technique of livelihood but owns malls, mansions, and doles out money and presents in thousands and thousands of naira day by day;a person whose earnings don’t match his belongings needs to be the final individual to accuse anybody of corruption. He wants nobody to indicate him the face within the mirror when he accuses folks of corruption.
Nevertheless, I pray that those that aspire to guide needs to be very aware of their utterances and actions, particularly on this season. If by the point this election cycle is over our folks and establishments have been destroyed who will they govern?
I’m able to stake my character, popularity and integrity towards Wike?s. Let the Rivers folks and certainly Nigerians be the choose.
Every day, I remind myself of what the nice e book says: Energy belongs to God.
DR. TAMUNOIYORIARI S. PARKER
Hon. Commissioner for Well being