Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has directed permanent secretaries in the state to produce account details of their ministries’ expenditure within the last 18 months.
Addressing them at the Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday, Wike regretted that some of the permanent secretaries helped the immediate past administration to illegally withdraw funds from the state government’s coffers even up Thursday, May 28, 2015.
He also advised the permanent secretaries to shun partisan politics as career civil servants, regretting that the roles some of them played in the closing days of the last administration were politically motivated.
Wike said: “I want full details and printouts of every ministry’s account in the last 18 months. I will not accept any handover note without an accompanying account details.
“The government was coming to a close and some of you were busy signing cheques on May 26, 27 and 28. On May 28, the Transition Committee called most of you, but you refused to cooperate because they told you I will not be sworn-in,” he said.
The governor assured them that he would not witch-hunt any civil servant irrespective of his/her role in the electioneering period, but warned that no civil servant would be allowed to sabotage the efforts of his administration.
The governor urged them to work with his administration to revive the state and put back smile on the faces of the people.
“Those of you who want to work with us to develop Rivers State will get the necessary support. You are career civil servants and not politicians. As civil servants, therefore, don’t play the role of politicians,” he enjoined.
Wike pointed out that the backdated employments and indiscriminate issuance of Certificates of Occupancy, Cs of O, by the immediate past administration would be re-visited.
He specifically directed the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Lands and Survey to produce the relevant land documents for examination.
The permanent secretaries were led to the meeting by the Head of Service, Mr. Samuel Long John.
Others in attendance were the former Minister of Sports, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, former deputy governor, Tele Ikuru and secretary of the Transition Committee, Mr. Frank Owhor.

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