Rivers State governor-elect, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has assured the people of the state that as soon as he is sworn-in on Friday, he will reopen the courts on Monday next week.
He said: “I will ensure the autonomy of the judiciary, and will also inaugurate the State House of Assembly at its very Complex, and not at the Government House.”
Wike gave the assurance yesterday in Port Harcourt, during inauguration Public Lecture in his honour and accused outgoing Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of corruption, impunity, illegal recruitment, sale of government property and issuance of Certificates of Occupancy Cs of O and looting of the treasury.
“The only achievement that can be credited to Governor Amaechi’s administration is propaganda. How can he talk of impunity, when he is the head of it all? How could he have conducted council election at the cost of N4.56million, when the court ruled against it?”
He alleged that Amaechi awarded a contract of the sum of N7.2million for consultancy services for the construction of Greater Port Harcourt City, $39 million for the Justice Karibe Whyte Specialist Hospital, among other illegalities.
While assuring Rivers people that he will not yield to intimidation, he swore that he would probe the outgoing government to recover all appropriated monies belonging to the people. “As much as I know the party I belong to, I will not fight Muhammadu Buhari, but will co-operate with the Federal Government to help my people,” he said.
The guest of honour the former governor of the state, Dr. Peter Odili, observed that the basic way of sustaining the support of Rivers people was by attending to their welfare in the areas of healthcare, education, employment and security among others.
“Any government that does not impart positively on the lives of the people is not a good one,” he stated.
As he congratulated Wike and his deputy, Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Odili noted that their victory was a deserved one, stressing that “no matter how far Governor Amaechi goes to nullify your victory, the almighty God and Rivers people are always with you.”
The guest speaker and Pro Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Prof. Kimse Okoko, told the audience that the basic way of ensuring stable democratic system was by creating strong government institutions, accountability and transparency.
Okoko regretted that the institutionalisation of corruption in government was due to the military prolonged stay in government and warned public officers, who personalised government securities and funds to desist from the practise.
In his lecture entitled: “Democracy and Good Governance,” advised that government and their institutions such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, should not stop at prosecuting corrupt officers, but should go further to provide mitigations against such acts.
Others who presented speeches at the occasion included the Provost, Graduate School, University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Roselyn Konyan, Prof. Emeh Adibe from the USA, Dr. Austin Tam George and Prof. C. A. J. Chinwo.

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