While the dust generated by the whopping sum of N82m (eighty-two
million naira) siphoned by the immediate past government under
Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi through his Information Commissioner, Ibim
Semenitari, now Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta
Development Commission (NDDC) under the guise of hosting Nobel
Laurete, Prof. Wole Soyinka is yet to settle, another monumental fraud
has been uncovered in same ministry of Information.
The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stunned
by the series of unethical conducts and clear cases of fraud
associated with dealings undertaken by various departments, agencies
and ministries under the Amaechi administration, recently decided to
beam its searchlight on those initially unsuspected areas.
Findings from the probe according to information from the office of
the State PDP chairman, Bro Felix Obuah is shocking and discouraging.
Most shocking according to the emerging facts is the over N50m (fifty
million naira) being balance of the over half a billion naira approved
and released by the Amaechi administration for the building of the
State Secretariat for the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rivers
State Council, the result of which the edifice has remained an
ordinary block of empty rooms without the necessary fittings/comforts.
The PDP wants the acting NDDC Managing Director, and Amaechi’s front,
who was the supervising commissioner, Ibim Semenitari by reason of her
office as Commissioner for Information to explain and account for the
over N50m which she refused to release for the completion of the NUJ
Without necessarily excusing the contractor for not completing the
press house on record time notwithstanding its hasty commissioning,
the PDP believes that there was ab-initio an intent to defraud, and
for not announcing the balance from the over half a billion naira nor
declaring nor refunding same to government coffers, the PDP is
strongly convinced that Mrs Ibim Semenitari should be properly
investigated and prosecuted accordingly.
“This has further vindicated our reservations that the hue and cry by
Amaechi’s tacit supporters and allies is informed by an unpatriotic
and penchant to continue to milk the State treasury dry at the expense
of the welfare of Rivers people”, the PDP stressed.
Jerry Needam, JP
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity
To the Rivers PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah