The Rivers State House of Assembly has passed a resolution directing the Attorney General of the State, Mr. Emmanuel Aguma to take all necessary steps within the ambit of the law to compel immediate past governor of the state, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to present a hand over note to the present administration. The House also condemned what it referred to as “deliberate refusal of the former governor to present a hand over note to his successor, Barr Nyesom Wike.”
The resolution, which was passed by 28 lawmakers, was sequel to a motion moved on the floor of the House by member representing Degema constituency, Hon Farah Dagogo captioned “A motion to compel the former governor of Rivers State, Hon Chibuike Amaechi to make available handover note to the new administration”.
In moving the motion, the lawmaker stipulated that the present administration do not know the assets and liabilities of the state due to the failure of the ex-governor to properly handover to his successor.
He said: “Part of our oversight function is to prevent people and institutions from doing the wrong thing. If we fail to do this, we are setting a bad precedence in the state. This is why this motion is exigent considering the fact that the past administration failed to give handover note. As it stands now, the current position of the state finances is unknown because the state is in a precarious position.”
Contributing, lawmaker representing Asari-Toru (I), Hon Enemi Alabo George, submitted that government is a continuum. He said the matter if not tackled will set a bad precedence in the state.
Also, House Leader, Hon. Martin Amaewhule argued that government business must be conducted in the interest of the state, saying no one is above the law. He suggested that the attorney general should be directed to employ all possible means within the law to compel the former governor to provide the handover note.
Commenting, the Speaker, Rt Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, commended the mover of the motion, saying the state is greater than any one individual.
Meanwhile, the permanent secretary, director of finance and accounts and as well, the director of constituency projects in the ministry of works is to appear before the House Thursday to explain their roles in the execution of constituency projects in the state between 2012 and 2014.
The invitation came after the House deliberated on a motion moved by the Leader, Hon Martin Amaewhule to “Review the impact of Constituency Projects between 2012-2014 in the state. The House was however, divided in the vote as 7 members declined to vote on the first prayers, while 9 members declined to vote on the second prayers. 3 members voted against.
The member representing PHALGA I, Hon Jones Ogbonda, had kicked against the motion, saying constituency project is a privilege and not right and therefore cannot be debated on the floor of the assembly.