Eze Congratulates Amaechi as Wike Continues to Fee Tasks Executed by the Former Rivers Governor…Commends FG for the Refund of N78 Billion Expended on Infrastructure Growth in Rivers State underneath Gov. Amaechi …Blasts Wike over the Exclusion of the State from the FG Efficiency-based Grant of N123.348 Billion to 32 performing States
As Gov. Nyesom Wike continues his tour of some native authorities areas to inaugurate street initiatives initiated/executed through the administration of former Rivers Governor and now Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress and erstwhile Nationwide Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Celebration (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has expressed satisfaction over the standard of initiatives and quite a few legendary sectoral achievements recorded by the ex-NGF Chairman when he held sway as Rivers Governor.
Recall that Governor Wike had through the commissioning of Rumuche/Rumuakunde/Ohna Awuse street in Emohua native authorities space, admitted that many of the roads already inaugurated and others awaiting commissioning are the brainchild and innovations of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi.
In a press release made obtainable to media homes, Chief Eze stated Gov. Wike’s assertion, although significantly factual, is contradictory and a pointy departure from his long-held calumnious and freaky opinion, at all times made en passant, towards the administration of former Gov. Chibuike Amaechi, which he has severally hounded and touted on the public glare as wasteful, regardless of the litany of monumental feats it achieved for the state, a lot of which fruits Gov. Wike and his administration have continued to reap in bountiful folds and tranches of billions.
The celebration chief nonetheless recommended the Governor for stating the apparent and implored him to play-down speaking and channel his power to virtually helpful actions in a bid to ship the grossly missing democratic dividends to Rivers folks, whose fortunes his political carriage and poor management mannequin has perpetually stocked in limbo.
Equally, Chief Eze hailed the APC- led Federal Authorities for the refund of over N78 Billion expended by the administration of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi on federal roads and different accompanying crucial infrastructure which gave the town of Port Harcourt a transformed facelift and considerably improved the state’s financial system amidst meagre funds from the then PDP-controlled central authorities.
Eze likened the situation surrounding the N78 Billion and its refund to what transpired within the Backyard of Eden as captured in Genesis three: 9-11 thus:
“And the Lord God referred to as unto Adam, and stated unto him, The place artwork thou?
And he stated, I heard thy voice within the backyard, and I used to be afraid, as a result of I used to be bare; and I hid myself.
And he stated, Who informed thee that thou wast bare? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?”
Man (Wike ) goes earlier than the Priest (Rivers folks at Isiokpo) to not directly make a confession of the sin that’s able to making Adam cover once more within the backyard if the God of Rivers folks had been to return all the way down to ask why some initiatives had been deserted by the predecessor Administration.
The President Muhammadu Buhari that Amaechi (the hated) supported to energy in 2015 has given Wike N75b as refund for cash the Federal Authorities of Nigeria owed Rivers State; funds trapped in Aso Rock for political causes by Apostles of politics with out bitterness. He was on the penitentiary at that self identical hour.
Rivers persons are nonetheless consuming the forbidden fruit they had been commanded to not eat. One man is vilified for not finishing initiatives he started at a time a private ambition battle took siege of our State. Mockingly, the architect of that siege ensuing within the grounding of initiatives and different fronts within the administration of the State is the one making the most of the discharge on the ambush of Rivers funds by erstwhile Abuja politicians. And but, not a phrase of commendation for President Buhari or the vilified brother at Isiokpo.
Just like the Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola, confirmed whereas addressing Gov. Wike and members of the PDP in his latest go to to Port Harcourt, Eze described the refund because the brainchild of the Transportation Minister, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi and burdened that N78 Billion judiciously utilized is sufficient to construct factories within the 23 native authorities areas to create jobs for the teeming youths and cut back crime and criminality throughout the state.
Warning the state authorities towards indulging in one other frivolous spending spree and fanfare of squander-mania, the celebration stalwart recommended Wike and his workforce to offer a thought to the lives of Rivers individuals who have continued to endure the excruciating pains of the pernicious results of the grossly faulty and unusual system of presidency with which they administer the state, stressing that each Rivers citizen is entitled to really feel the impression of the whooping refund sum.
In one other growth, Chief Eze blasted the Gov. Nyesom Wike led State authorities for failing in all domestically and globally acknowledged normal indexes of growth; a nationwide embarrassment which has culminated within the exclusion of Rivers from the latest N123.348 Billion performance-based grant of the federal authorities to states underneath the States Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme for outcomes.
The Minister of Finance, Funds and Nationwide Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed was quoted as saying that the evaluation was carried out by the Workplace of the Auditor Basic for the Federation (OAuGF) because the Unbiased Verification Agent (IVA) and accredited by the Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) of the Federa Ministry of Finance, Funds and Nationwide Planning.
The disbursement, in response to Zainab included N91.048 Billion of efficiency primarily based grants for the 2019 APA outcomes achieved by 32 States throughout Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs), protecting fiscal transparency, accountability, expenditure effectivity, income mobilisation and debt sustainability.
Eze stated obtainable studies recommend that Rivers State misplaced out of the N123 Billion FG largese owing to the failure of the state authorities to fulfill the easy eligibility requirement from states to publish on-line accredited annual budgets and audited monetary statements which has at all times been shrouded in secrecy given the mountain of illicit transactions perpetrated by officers of the state authorities.
He stated owing to the broad maladministration occasioned by the bunch of mediocre occupying delicate public places of work, the state underneath Wike has misplaced a number of excessive profile alternatives domestically and globally with the potential of frightening an enormous financial Filip and fairly contributing to the development of the fortunes of Rivers individuals who have continued to roam in a leadership-induced poverty within the midst of a lot.
However the truth that Amaechi has left workplace as Governor a number of years in the past, Eze stated the state has continued to reap the great yields of his sterling management and referred to as on Wike to strive a bit more durable to put up property for posterity sake, stressing that Rivers folks have had sufficient of liabilities and litany of noises from his fairly docile administration which has no worthwhile document for which will probably be remembered.
He referred to as on Rivers folks to proceed to help the Transportation Minister, Rt. Hon. Amaechi and the All Progressives Congress because the celebration continues to map out methods to rebuild the state and enhance livelihoods in her drive to realize the higher happiness of the bigger chunk of the populace, which is the chief objective of each authorities particularly, in a democracy.
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze
APC Chieftain & former Nationwide Publicity Secretary, nPDP
20 – 01 – 21