The Convener, Community for the Defence of Democracy and Good Governance (NDDGG), Sobomabo Jackrich, has faulted the N500 million donation to Sokoto State authorities by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, describing it as reckless, egocentric and politically motivated.
Jackrich in a press release, issued on Monday to DAILY POST mentioned they had been apprehensive about the best way Wike was losing the sources of the state with out addressing the actual challenges dealing with Rivers.
He mentioned whereas NDDGG sympathised with victims of the fireplace incident that occurred on the Sokoto Central Market, there was no justification for Wike to embark on such an unaccounted obligation, abandoning all the issues of Rivers.
“We sympathize with the federal government and folks of Sokoto state over their loss, however we view this transfer as Governor Wike’s egocentric politically motivated and reckless donation of the collective sources of Rivers state, which passed off lower than twenty 4 hours after the Sokoto market inferno throughout his go to to that State.
“The NDDGG want to sound it loud and clear that Sokoto is just not a territory of Rivers warranting such unaccountable obligation. It’s worrisome that this official menace is coming only a few days after Governor Wike introduced that his authorities had acquired the over N78.9bn refunds accredited by His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, being cash owed the state from the development of federal roads by previous administrations of the state.
“The motion of the Governor clearly proves that he doesn’t appear to have a protected future at stake or imaginative and prescient for our expensive state. He isn’t bothered that the state ranks primary on the unemployment index having the best unemployed inhabitants as revealed by the Nationwide Bureau of Statistics and different establishments.
“It is a state with none practical profit-making enterprise or an industrial park. The query to ask is the place is the governor deriving powers to make such arbitrary monetary dissipations of our public funds that weren’t captured in any accessible price range if not for political buying and selling functions?”
Jackrich mentioned they had been bothered by the refusal of Wike to pay pensions and gratuities since 2015 until date, including that the Governor regarded the opposite method regardless of many protests and deaths of retirees within the state.
He additional added: “Most significantly, our state has been working a secret price range system since 2015 though the federal government denies this reality indefensibly with none proof on the contrary. This lack of transparency and accountability has been chasing away growth companions from Rivers state.
“Now we have been elevating alarm on this problem however the authorities has stored an conceited silence. In a latest report, the Minister of Finance, Price range and Nationwide Planning, Zainab Ahmed was quoted as saying that Rivers State was amongst 4 states that bought zero allocation from a World Financial institution grant of greater than N123bn resulting from their incapacity to fulfill the 2019 eligibility standards, which required states to publish on-line accredited annual budgets and audited monetary statements inside a particular timeframe.
“That is most embarrassing because the Treasure Base of the nation. This is only one amongst a number of different causes together with lack of Overseas Direct Funding (FDI) and in all, Rivers persons are the largest losers.
“We demand transparency on the utilisation of the N78.9bn refunds and additional name on the state authorities to pay our retirees from the refunds as a method of not making our individuals die regretting why they used their complete life to serve their fatherland.
“NDDGG shall be left with no different possibility than to mobilize Rivers individuals to embark on mass motion within the coming days together with exploring all authorized avenues to compel. the Wike-led Rivers state authorities to account for all our monies if our governor fails to reorder his steps. If nothing is urgently performed, our state shall be lowered to a den of beggars on account of synthetic poverty brought on by authorities’s insensitivity”.