Critic rues non-inclusion of Rivers in FG’s N123Bn for transparent states


* Says its an embarrassment to the oil state

A critic of the Nyesom Wike administration in Rivers State, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has described the non-inclusion of Rivers State in the recent allocation of N123.3Bn by the Federal Government as a huge embarrassment to a top state that should lead others.

Eze, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), midweek gave reasons why he believes Rivers State under Wike has lost several high profile opportunities locally and globally with the potential of provoking massive economic growth and reasonably contributing to the improvement of the fortunes of Rivers people.

Eze said in a statement made available in Port Harcourt that the state lost owing to what he termed bad leadership and  the alleged wide maladministration occasioned by the kind of persons occupying sensitive public offices in the state.

He noted that even though Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi had left office as governor several years back, Rivers State has continued to reap the good yields of his sterling leadership. He called on Gov. Wike to try a bit harder to lay up assets for posterity sake, stressing that Rivers people have had enough of liabilities and litany of noises from his rather docile administration which has no worthwhile record for which it will be remembered.

Furthermore, the party chief blasted the governor over the exclusion of the State from the Federal Government Performance-based Grant of N123.348 Billion to 32 performing States.

He described the exclusion as a national embarrassment, pointing out that Rivers State, as ‘Treasure Base of the Nation’ with huge resources ought to set the example for others to follow.

His words; “This development, whereby Gov. Wike is failing in all locally and globally recognized standard indexes of development, is to say the least, worrisome.

“The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, was quoted as saying that the assessment was carried out by the Office of the Auditor General for the Federation (OAuGF) as the Independent Verification Agent (IVA) and approved by the Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

“The disbursement, according to Zainab, included N91.048 Billion of performance based grants for the 2019 APA results achieved by 32 states across Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs), covering fiscal transparency, accountability, expenditure efficiency, revenue mobilisation and debt sustainability.

“Available reports suggest that Rivers State lost out of the N123 Billion FG largesse owing to the failure of the state government to meet the simple eligibility requirement from states to publish online approved annual budgets and audited financial statements which has always been shrouded in secrecy given the mountain of illicit transactions perpetrated by officials of the state government”.