Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Chief Kenneth Kobani yesterday declared that the immediate past administration of Rotimi Amaechi left an economically bankrupt state, which Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has diligently revived.
Chief Kobani added that the State Government has worked hard towards resolving the huge debts and Financial obligations left by the immediate past APC administration in the state.
In an interview with newsmen yesterday, Chief Kobani noted that the allegations by the Rivers State APC on the state’s economy are baseless and false.
He said : “The indebtedness of the immediate past APC administration in Rivers State is what this administration is still grappling with. These people are jobless and they just want their voices heard on radio.
“The State Government is working hard to get the state’s economy on a sound footing.
“The immediate past APC administration in Rivers State left extremely huge debts in terms of salaries and pensions, bank loans for parastatals and Agencies. They also left huge bank debts for the local government areas.”
Chief Kobani stated: “We are still clearing the mess of the Rivers State APC while they were in government. Our efforts have led to a more stable economy in the state”.
The Secretary to Rivers State Government said that the Wike administration is working for the people of the state.
He urged journalists to make efforts to sample the views of civil servants abandoned by the Amaechi administration, but whose financial welfare has been adequately handled by the Wike administration.
Commenting on the outstanding salary of Local Government Employees, Chief Kenneth Kobani said that with the constitution of the caretaker committees and the hosting of the Joint Account Committee meeting, the local government councils will pay staff following the approval issued by the committee.
He said the days of impunity are over, pointing out that under Governor Wike, all payments follow due process and approvals.
According to him, the Rivers State APC made the allegation on the basis of the unfortunate era when they governed the state by illegally dipping their hands into local government coffers without necessary approval by the Joint Account Committee.
Commenting on the allegation that the state government is discriminating against non-indigenes, the Secretary to the Rivers State Government informed that the administration is fair to all in the state.
He said it was the same allegation that the APC made before they were defeated during the last election.