The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has noted with regrets the looting spree in Government House, Port Harcourt, Ministries and parastatals ahead of Governor Amaechi’s exit, on May 29, 2015.
Also alarming is the illegal sale of Government properties to close friends, political allies and family members of the outgoing Governor of Rivers State.
PDP describes as frightening illegal employment in Rivers State Polytechnic Bori, where about 500 people have been secretly employed without due process.
The chairman, Rivers State Civil Service Commission, Mr. Ngo Martins-Yellow and the 23 Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairmen are also secretly employing thousands of persons to swell the number of Civil Servants in government employ and local councils, so that the incoming PDP government will battle with the alarming wage bill.
PDP appreciates the employment of Rivers people, but adds that such employment must follow due process, must not be partisan and without hidden agenda.
Frowning at this uncalled for, and criminal act by political aides to Gov Chibuike Amaechi in connivance with some senior officials of government, the State chairman of the PDP, Bro Felix Obuah in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Jerry Needam said change of guards in governance is a normal tradition and does not mean the end of government or discontinuation of political leadership in the State.
He warned all those involved in this wanton looting to desist, stressing that the long arm of the law will surely catch up with such perpetrators of the act.
The State PDP boss said that information available reveals that some of the government property being stolen and vandalized are mainly the unregistered brand new cars assigned to different departments of government.
Some equipments for the Monorail, Government Farms, Schools, Hospitals, Government owned Media Houses etc have also been stolen and vandalized.
Some of the government officials and Gov Amaechi’s political aides fingered as the masterminds of the looting include George Feyii, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs Ibim Semenitari, Information and Communications Commissioner who has allegedly transferred most of the cars belonging to the World Book Capital to his Lagos residence.
Also mentioned in the mad looting is the Chief of Staff, Government House, Tony Okocha and commissioner for Agriculture.
It is most unfortunate that this is happening in a government which officials are seeking the people’s mandate to continue in office and has explained why God who knows the inner hearts of all men has rejected them, Prince Obuah remarked.
Enjoining the Rivers people for whom the outgoing Gov Amaechi and his cohorts are holding these property in trust to take note, the PDP State Chairman said the only reason for the evil act is to get at the State Governor-elect, Chief Barr Nyesom Wike as though he is coming to personally inherit these property.
“Unfortunately, it’s the State and the people that will suffer for the wickedness. Outgoing Gov Amaechi should therefore be called to order”, Bro Felix Obuah warned.
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State PDP Chairman, Bro. Felix Obuah
Sunday, April 26, 2015