By Philip Ezuma, Port Harcourt
The state chapter of All Progressives Congress APC has accused the state Governor Sir Similaiye Fubara of mismanagement of more than the sum N144. 2 billion, which has accrued to the state from the month of May and November 2023.
The Chairman Rivers APC CareTaker Committee and party leader Chief Tony Okocha, made the allegation yesterday in Port Harcourt, when he led the party executives to the Rivers State House of Assembly Speaker, on an advocacy visit.
Chief Okocha expressed regrets, at what he described as ‘non performance’ of the Governor, since assumption of office, in May last year.
Chief Tony revealed that the state government had received more than the sum of #144. 2 bn from Federal Allocation Committee, FAC in addition to about N10. bn, per month, as Internally Generated Revenue IGR.
He disclosed that despite the huge sum, nothing could be seen to have been, nor being done by the state government, except sponsored solidarity rallies, accusing the governor of complicity in the burning of the RSHA Complex.
The leader, who also doubles as the Rivers Representative in the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, urged the Legislature to ensure that, as part of their Oversight function, they should ensure judicial and prudent use of Rivers funds.
Chief Okocha said. “Nobody should deceive you with the story that Rivers State is in crisis. We are not in crisis, so should work
To protect and deepen our democracy, we will not tolerate formation of Local Government Area Caretaker Committees. Only democratically elected officers, will succeed the outgoing ones, on expiration of their tenure.“
Using the opportunity to formally welcome the 27 defected. Legislatures, from the People’s Democratic Party PDP , he congratulated them, assuring of strong synergy, to oust the current state government under the People’s Democratic Party PDP, come 2027, General election.
The Rivers State House of Assembly disclosed the passage of four bills, since inception, urging the state Governor Sir Similaiye Fubara’s endorsement of those bills, without which they would override the same.
The Speaker Rivers State House of Assembly RSHA, Hon Martin Amaewhule made the disclosure yesterday in Port Harcourt, while giving account of their stewardship since inception.
According to the Speaker the bills comprised the Local Government Autonomy, State Legislative Financial Autonomy, Traditional Council’s Autonomy and the Rivers State Advertisement Bill.
Explaining further Hon Amaewhule noted that, by the State Assembly Autonomy, the legislature like the Lagos, Delta and others, currently qualify to receive their allocations free of the state Executive’s interference.