June 19, 2024

Rivers crisis: Fubara orders audit of LG accounts  

We're ready to do our job — Rivers Police

Governor Fubara

Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has ordered the auditor general of the state to begin the audit of the accounts of the 23 Local Government Areas for the past three years.

The governor’s order comes amid the long-running political crisis rocking the state.

While swearing in the Caretaker Committee Chairmen of the Local Government Areas, the governor said the measure is intended to serve as a check for the incoming officials.

He urged the caretaker chairmen not to see themselves as superheroes, but to protect the interests of their people, and demonstrate that the government made the right choice in appointing them.

The governor emphasised that the current events are a product of democracy.

Fubara explained that the fight against tenure extension is not just about the state, but the entire country, as allowing it in one state could lead to it being replicated nationwide.

He noted that Rivers State was not doing anything unusual, as most states in the country are also run by caretaker committees.

The Rivers governor, however, cautioned that their tenure would not be excessively long, because the process for local government area elections would commence soon.

He warned against violence, stating that it is not his approach, urging the officials to sort out the salaries and entitlements of the outgoing chairmen.