FG’s 75Bn to Rivers: Eze commends Fashola for revealing Amaechi’s secret efforts to get refund… Duties Wike to Apologize to Rivers folks, Amaechi for spinning baseless propaganda… Amaechi is a greater Rivers son than you, tells Wike…Chides Rivers Gov. for failing to actualise resignation menace even after Amaechi’s feats in Rivers ‘ve been reeled out.
Claims in some quarters that the previous Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi had nothing to do with the current plan by the Federal Authorities to pay again funds expended on federal initiatives throughout the States have been debunked by former Lagos Governor and Nigeria’s Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola.
Fashola made the clarification through the commissioning of an overhead bridge, constructed by the Rivers State Authorities in Rebis, Port Harcourt and his place appears to have laid to relaxation all speculations and uncertainties in regards to the roles performed by the Transportation Minister and erstwhile Rivers Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, within the FG refund of monies expended on federal initiatives executed by state governments of their varied domains particularly, Rivers State.
Reacting to Fashola’s factual and candid expository comment, former Nationwide Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Celebration and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, mentioned the revelation has vindicated and added credence to his lengthy held place that Rt. Hon. Amaechi engineered the reimbursement of funds to Rivers and different states in Nigeria, an act which has been described by many as sensible equity.
Excerpts from a reported assertion of the ex Lagos Governor through the flag-off in Port Harcourt reads: “… a few of you might have heard tales. Let me say it with out favor that the one who championed the refund of monies spent on federal roads in Rivers State is Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation.”
Describing the assertion as not solely encouraging and heartwarming, Eze mentioned it’s an eye-opener and deep revelation, notably to those that might have been cowed into believing the calumnious marketing campaign and unwarranted propaganda orchestrated by Governor Nyesom Wike in his sheer dedication to flattening and decimating his mentor and all time benefactor, Rt. Hon. Dr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
Eze mentioned, it’s now public data that the Minister of Transportation was the arrowhead of the demand on the ground of the Federal Government Council to steer the Federal Authorities to pay the excellent funds to States.
Based on the occasion chief, Fashola disclosed how Amaechi put up a case for Rivers State by remarking thus;
“Let me additionally say now that Governor Wike has come out into the open about this, a few of you’ll have additionally heard tales that Governor Rotimi Amaechi, my colleague within the Federal Government Council was one way or the other not glad.
“Nothing will be farther from the reality. The champion for the refund among the many ministers was Rotimi Amaechi himself.”
Recalling that as Governor of Lagos State, he, like Amaechi invested on federal initiatives. The Minister revealed that PDP states obtained much more of the refund made out there by the apex authorities. He defined that Ministers have been directed to help the developmental initiative and aspiration of each state within the nation.
This strategy to the execution of federal coverage, the Minister acknowledged, knowledgeable the initiative to refund cash spent on federal roads to States.
Based on him, the primary tranche of refund was about N577 Billion, whereas the second tranche, for which, Rivers State is a beneficiary, is N148 Billion.
“Within the second tranche it was 5 states. Out of these 5 states, I feel solely two had been APC states and it was a complete of N148billiion and Governor Nyesom Wike and Rivers State acquired lion share. He acquired N78billion. Don’t sit right here and assume he has obtained N78 billion, he nonetheless has to go to the Nationwide Meeting due to this a part of Nigeria’s borrowing plan” the Minister remarked.
The very fact is, the Rivers State Authorities is in possession of what’s recognized amongst economists and people in banking circles as promissory notes.
Whereas Rivers folks have a greater view of how the refund occurred, it’s evident the Rivers Authorities must await the seal of the Nationwide Meeting which is answerable for appropriation.
In the meantime, Governor Wike has lauded the Minister of Works for the large position he performed in course of the refund of the sum of N78 billion.
Eze commends Fashola for demonstrating that he fears God by confronting Wike in his area and telling him the reality of the efforts that Amaechi made within the refund of N78b to Rivers State on the roads performed by Amaechi’s Administration which Wike as a Minster of Schooling ensured with the convivial of these in energy then that Rivers State was by no means developed and acquired again over 130billion Naira spent on making Federal Roads motorable.
The occasion bigwig opined that With the revelation, Governor Wike should have to apologise to the world notably to the nice folks of Rivers State for making an attempt to destroy and make nonsense of the hard-earned fame of one of many biggest sons of Rivers State, within the individual of Rt. Hon. Amaechi and cease forthwith any additional assault on the persona of a person whose love for Rivers State and her folks is infectious.
By the singular act of championing the course of guaranteeing that every one states get the refund due them, Eze mentioned Amaechi has distinguished himself as not solely a patriotic Nigerian however one who’s dedicated to dealing pretty with all Nigerians in all issues no matter ethnicity and and different variations.
Moreover, the occasion stalwart expressed disappointment that over seven weeks after he rolled out 13 initiatives interested in Rivers State and Niger Delta by the Transportation Minister, Gov. Wike is but to resign as Rivers Governor to make good his pledge.
Recall that Wike had earlier on, threw a problem on the Transportation Minister that ought to he identify one challenge in Rivers State influenced by him as a federal cupboard member, he’ll resign as Rivers Governor.
Following the problem, Eze addressed Wike’s sudden ignorance with over 13 viable initiatives interested in the state by the Transportation Minister and reworded that Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi has impacted on the state and her folks as Minister excess of Wike has performed as Governor, however the truth that he controls the funds of the oil wealthy state.
He counselled members of the general public to get themselves preoccupied with extra fruitful engagements fairly than bore themselves with the odoriferous balderdash that oozes from the Governor who has prioritized huge publicity to draw consideration and achieve recognition on the detriment of the general public for whom he was made Governor, reiterating that his rantings are mere destitutes of actuality that solely advantage the garbage bin.
Eze maintained that along with the 13 initiatives earlier talked about that had been interested in Rivers State by Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi influenced the approvals by President Mohammadu Buhari, of award of contracts for the development of the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri (Japanese) rail line, a deep seaport in Bonny and an industrial park in Port Harcourt, coupled with the development of a Transportation College in Rivers State which is able to go a great distance in making Port Harcourt an rising industrial hub for the African continent.
Describing the Minister as a reliable workman, worthy patriot and seasoned public servant, the occasion chief mentioned the accredited Bonny deep seaport and the jap rail line stay very viable and essential initiatives that posses the potential of launching the nation into a brand new dimension of financial development and growth.
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze
APC Chieftain & former Nationwide Publicity Secretary, nPDP
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