Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP has expressed concern over more startling discoveries of monumental looting and misappropriation of public funds by officials of the Amaechi administration.
In the release from the office the PDP chairman Brother Felix Obuah, it disclosed that the latest discovery of over N82 million wasted on a three-hour dinner organised for Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, by former Governor Rotimi Amaechi, through the Ministry of Information and Communication, was another confirmation of how terribly wasteful, imprudent and corrupt his administration was.
The party also noted that apart from the negative implication such a singular action had on the image of the guest, in whose honour the money was allegedly spent, it further went to expose possible collaboration, a development that called for explanation to Rivers people.
“Our pains are further heightened with the fact that, as at the time all those financial wastes were being carried out, staff, pensioners and contractors of the State Ministry of Information and Communication were owed several months’ salaries, pensions, gratuities, and control funds; facilities at the state owned media establishments, were also moribund and obsolete, and needed to be enhanced/upgraded.
For us, this action by the then Commissioner, Mrs. Semitari Ibim, was a clear case of financial recklessness and misappropriation, and one sure way this could be discouraged in public service, is the prompt investigation and arrest of those responsible for the fraudulent actions.
Meanwhile, following the antecedents of the former Information Commissioner, Mrs Ibim, who has been appointed Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, the PDP also cautioned against diverting the funds of the Commission meant for the development of oil devastated communities in the region into funding the APC re-run Governorship Election in Bayelsa State, and re-run of some state and National Assembly elections of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
“We call on the relevant authorities to be on alert and to check the flow of funds from the Commission thoroughly during the period she may be in charge.
We again, reiterate our call on the Police, the EFCC and other security agencies, to immediately commence investigation into the N1.8b loot, which include the N82m waste on Prof Soyinka, and ensure she is arrested and prosecuted accordingly to serve as deterrent to others.


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