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Rivers: Wike Begins Probe Of Amaechi

Posted: Jun 2, 2015 at 4:46 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)



By Daniel Abia

Port Harcourt


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has directed permanent secretaries in the state to produce full account  details of their ministries’ expenditure in the  last  18 months.

Wike also advised  the permanent  secretaries  to  shun partisan politics as career civil servants,  saying the roles some of them played in the  closing days of the immediate  past administration  were politically  motivated.

Addressing  permanent  secretaries  during a meeting  at Government  House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday, June 2, 2015,  Wike regretted that some of the  permanent  secretaries helped the immediate past  administration to illegally  withdraw funds from the state government  coffers even a day to the swearing in of a new governor.

“I want full details and print out 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 26, 27 and 28 of May. On 28 of May, the Transition  Committee  called most of you and you refused to cooperate  because they  told you I will  not be sworn-in “, Wike disclosed.

The governor  said that he would  not witchhunt any civil servant irrespective  of his/her role in the electioneering  period . He, however, said that no civil servant would be  allowed to  sabotage the  efforts of his administration.

He urged the  permanent  secretaries 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,  don’t play  the role  of politicians “, he warned.

The  Rivers  State governor  pointed out that  the  back-dated employments  and indiscriminate  issuance of certificates of occupancy 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,  Samuel  LongJohn.

Others  who attended  the  meeting  were the former  Minister  of  Sports,  Dr  Tammy  Danagogo,  Former  Deputy  Governor,  Tele  Ikuru, and Secretary of the  Transition  Committee,  Frank Owhor.

It will be recalled on his inauguration day last Friday at the Liberation Stadium, Wike had promised to carry out a forensic auditing of the financial activities of the last government.