Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has accused his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi of fraudulent contracts to the tune of $39.9 million.
According to Wike, the minister of transport was more interested in awarding political projects to boost his personal ego than delivering quality services to the people of Rivers state.
Governor Wike alleged that projects like the Justice Karibi Whyte Hospital was an absolute scam as it gulped a whooping$39.9 Million on paper with nothing to show on the proposed site.
He also stated that the sum of N65 billion was spent on the 1.2 kilometers Monorail Project which was conceived as a white elephant project at the time.
Wike further alleged that most political projects only existed either on the pages of Newspapers or were used to settle political allies.
He accused Amaechi and his political allies of leaving behind uncompleted projects after siphoning huge sums of money from the State.
“Amaechi does not have the moral ground to talk about development in the State when he wasted so many financial resources on non-existing
“Go round the State, you will never see anything that looks like
Justice Karibi -Whyte Hospital. It is a scam that never existed.
“Again, tell me what is the traffic along Azikwe Road that a 1.2
kilometers Monorail Project will be awarded for over 65 Billion Naira.
“When I came into office, I was told that it will cost about 30 Billion Naira to complete that project. If I have such money, I will build more infrastructure across the State.
“His Economic Advisory Council led by Prof. Nimi Briggs published a document. The records covered the activities of his administration from
2007 to 2014.
“On education, the council recorded that 485 primary schools were proposed for construction. Some existing old schools were demolished
when they required rehabilitation.
“Work actually started on 478 schools but only 116 schools were
completed across the State. Amaechi also awarded 15 Modern Secondary Schools for 15 Local Government Areas at over Four Billion Naira each.
“Only the Ambassador Nne Krukrubo School in Eleme Local Government was completed and functional before he left office”, he stated.
The Governor emphasized that Amaechi was a self-seeking leader who paraded himself as one that knows it all.
He also opined that foremost schools that had prominent indigenes in the state should have been rehabilitated by Amaechi, but he abandoned them to embark on the abandoned projects.
He stated that unlike Amaechi that kills dreams and projects of other people, he voted money to complete road projects his predecessor initiated.
On security, Wike berated Amaechi for alleging there is insecurity in the state when he alone determines the heads of security agencies that are posted to the Rivers State.
“Rivers State is safer than any other State. See what is happening in Bornu, Kaduna, and Plateau States where bandits have taken over their areas.
“When Amaechi was Governor, Julius Berger Nigeria PLC was chased away because of insecurity. But they are here now, constructing roads all over the state without fear.
“Amaechi’s hometown, Ubima is a place you have a large number of cultists that he uses. The heads of security agencies he influences
their postings, come here and see the reality on the ground that the
State is safe,” he added.