By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT— Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has described as extremely pedestrian, allegation by former Governor Rotimi Amaechi that the Justice George Omereji panel of inquiry was set up to rubbish him with issues of corruption.
Wike who spoke, yesterday, in Port Harcourt as part of activities lined up to mark his 100 days in office, said it was unfortunate that the former governor who had saturated the media with claims of what he allegedly left for him on May 29, will want to run away from an opportunity offered by the commission to clear the air on his actions bothering on financial matters as governor.
Wike who assured Rivers people that he will not operate a government laced with propaganda and lies, said his administration will uphold the truth at all times.
He wondered why a former governor who claimed he left billions in several accounts in the state coffer for his successor could not pay fees owed WAEC for students of the state origin, who sat for the examination, adding that the same government left unpaid salaries of civil servants, pensions, school fees of students on the state scholarship programmes overseas and contractors.
“Do you believe that Rivers State Government owed WAEC. It was a government that believed in so much propaganda. You said you kept such money for us and you could not pay WAEC, salaries, pensioners, salaries of Sharks football club. Today Rivers people can sit to say that our own style is not to use the media to tell lies.”
Dismissing allegations by the former governor that the commission will be unfair to him, Wike said it was only a ground for the former governor and his aides to explain to Rivers people some of their actions that the present government was confused about since there was no handover note from the previous administration.
“We saw huge sums transferred to different companies in one week with one address. We don’t understand the details of the transaction and said come and explain to Rivers people at the commission, is this the persecution?”
Wike said at the moment, the state government does not even know the current status of its power assets and other similar valuables.
“We don’t know what our power assets are. This was the only state where there was no handover. We are paying N4 billion loans given to farmers but we saw that these farmers were council chairmen under the former governor, so we are calling for explanation. Are all these not issues that should be clarified at the commission?”
The governor also spoke on effort so far by his administration to fix deplorable roads in the state, saying that reputable road construction firms such as Julius Berger, CCECC were engaged for the exercise.