Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Down-Stream), Senator Magnus Abe, has said that those fighting Rivers State governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, were only after the resources of the state.
Abe, who represents Rivers South-East in the National Assembly, at Nchia, headquarters of Eleme Local Government Area of the state, during a public hearing on a bill for a bye-law, organised by the Eleme Local Government legislative assembly, said “the reason, I know all these, is because the governor is vocal and he speaks his mind on issues. Some people are interested in getting control of the government of Rivers State by hook or crook not because they love Rivers State, not even because they hate Amaechi, but because they want to be the ones to control the resources of Rivers State.
“In the past six years, we are witnesses to what our resources have been used for. All those things would not have been possible if the resources of Rivers State were not in the hands of those who think that the people mattered more than the big men.”
Calling on the people of the state to be more alert, Abe said that security has been compromised in the state, emphasising that the Nigeria Police has become more interested in the politics of the state, than in security.
He lauded the decision of the National Assembly to take over the functions of the Rivers State House of Assembly, saying that the decision was taken so that frayed nerves could calm down while mature mind look for a solution to the crisis.
“Thankfully, the National Assembly has taken over the legislative functions of the Rivers State House of Assembly. It was done to cool down the problems, so that mature heads will begin to look for a solution that will restore constitutional rule.”
Commissioner in Rivers State Civil Service Commission, Chief Bebe Okpabi, thanked Senator Abe for providing quality representation for the people of Rivers South-East and commended him for the water projects and bags of fertilizer provided for the people of the area.