Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Amaechi Must Account for Rivers' N3 Trillion - Nwuche

Port Harcourt — The former Deputy Speaker of House Representatives Hon. Chibudom Nwuche has called on Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi to explain to the people of the state how he has spent N3 trillion that accrued to the state in the past six years.

Nwuche who reacted yesterday in Port Harcourt to press statement credited to Governor Amaechi that most of his critics are crop of persons who had failed in their chosen profession, said "the real issues are the questions concerning the deployment of the over N3 trillion he has received as statutory allocations in the past six years.

"Also to be accounted for are state-owned investments and ventures such as the Olympia Hotel, Risonpalm, Abonema Waterside, Supabod Stores, Catering Rest House, the fleet of aircraft left by the g Odili administration and so many other assets that were procured for public good have now been sold off in a manner that was not so transparent.

"Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital is today a glorified village lacking in water, light, roads and other infrastructure and yet the governor fritters away the state funds in sponsoring clandestine political junkets and other luxury items.

"It is indeed very difficult to justify honest utilization of these accruals with only a few over publicized school buildings and health centers. As I have said at several fora, Rivers people demand an account," Nwuche declared.

But Rivers State Commissioner for Agriculture Emmanuel Chindah said those who are attacking Amaechi are looking for political relevance. He said the governor's developmental strides in the state are glaring for everybody to see and challenged those criticizing the governor for open debate in governance.

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