Calabar — Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi has said that he will not leave behind any debt for his successor. Speaking at the opening of a three-day legislative building capacity programme for lawmakers in the Rivers State House of Assembly in Calabar, he said out of the N200 billion loan approved by the state House of Assembly for execution of projects, he has accessed only N40 billion, and that out of that amount, he has refunded N5billion.
"I am yet to expend half of the loan approved by the Rivers State House of Assembly for state projects, yet the impact of the little I have touched is felt everywhere. With regards to the recent N200 billion loan that you approved for projects, we have accessed only N40 billion as I speak with you, and I know that you are feeling the impact. You can see that works have commenced on the Ken Saro-Wiwa road (Stadium Road) and it is almost completed. If we had not gotten that loan, we would have been struggling with the money the Federal Government is giving us", he said.
Amaechi said no government can survive without borrowing, but that it is important for those who borrow to always honour their obligation by offsetting the loans. He urged the law makers to initiate economic bills that would enable government to run efficiently.
Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Otelemaba Dan Amachree said the business of law-making is dynamic, and as such requires members to be in tandem with modern trends in the art of law-making. Cross River State Governor Liyel Imoke on his part said a cordial relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government translates to dividends of democracy for the people they represent.