Rotimi Amaechi Left Me An Empty Treasury, Says Wike

Guess who is back on the news again? Who else other than the controversial governor of , . Right from when he became the Minister of State for Education, Wike has always been a favourite of the press; afterall, everyone loves those who are controversial and even go to a large extent in making the work of journalists seem easy and straight forward.

Right from the very moment he was declared the governor-elect of Rivers State to being sworn-in as the governor of the state, Nyesom Wike always have something up his sleeves; this is one of the reasons why there has been no shortage of information and controversies flowing from the rich oil city of Port-Harcourt. This phenomenon is gradually becoming a constant that when there is nothing coming our of Rivers State, the region, all of a sudden, becomes boring and dry.

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Prior to being given the mandate to rule Rivers State for the next four years, he threatened to rain down fire and brimstone on the administration of Rotimi Amaechi. Gradually settling down into the business of ruling the state, has begun practically executing his war against . He promised to launch an inquiry into how funds meant for the development of the state were spent; a promise he fulfilled few weeks into his reign having ordered a comprehensive audit report from the state’s permanent secretaries.

Governor Wike on Thursday June 18, 2015 launched the most devastating attack so far on Amaechi when he categorically disclosed that the former governor of the state left him an empty treasury; this shocking revelation was made during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the state government and officials of Julius Berger and a Chinese Construction firm, CCECC, for the rehabilitation of 33 kilometres of township roads in the state capital.

According to The Punch, the Rivers State Governor said that contrary to the claims by the immediate past administration that it left N7bn in the state coffers, he met an empty treasury. Wike explained that the treasury where the monthly Federal Allocation accruing to the state was always kept had remained in debit as at May 29 when he (governor) took over the reins of governance in the state.

However, the governor later contradicted himself when he admitted that “from the brief he received from the state Accountant General after his inauguration, only one revenue account with Sterling Bank had some funds left by the immediate past administration; though he declined to disclose the figures.”

Wike said, “I want to say on good authority that we did not meet any N7bn, as being speculated. The state’s FAAC account as at May 29 (2015) was in debit. That was the briefing I received from the Accountant-General.”

As at the time of filing this report, the former governor of the state was yet to give a response. One wonders what how he responds to the above allegations.

Anyway, one thing is for sure, the ongoing war that Governor Wike is waging against the past administration may not be ending anytime soon.



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