Rivers APC Challenges Governor Fubara on N144 Billion Allocation Spending

Rivers APC Challenges Governor Fubara on N144 Billion Allocation Spending

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The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has called upon Governor Siminalayi Fubara to provide an account of the N144.2 billion federal allocation received by the state over the past five months. They assert that there is little evidence of tangible development corresponding to the funds expended.

In defense of the governor, Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Joseph Johnson, accused the APC of engaging in political maneuvering.

During a visit to the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Martin Amaewhule, the Chairman of the state APC Caretaker Committee, Chief Tony Okocha, raised questions about Fubara’s management of state resources.

Okocha stated, “As a party in opposition in the state, we have obtained data regarding the substantial sum received by the Rivers State Government from the Federal Allocation between June 22, 2023, and November 2023.” He emphasized, “Regrettably, this substantial amount has not translated into tangible developmental projects within the state. Instead, we observe well-funded public gatherings and media-supported rallies that serve political interests rather than the welfare of the people.”

Expressing concern about the exploitation of state resources, Okocha urged the Assembly Speaker to closely monitor the governor’s activities, warning of consequences for those involved in financial misconduct.

In response, the Assembly Speaker, Amaewhule, assured that the legislature would prioritize laws beneficial to the populace, pledging accountability and responsible governance.

However, Commissioner Johnson defended the Fubara administration’s fiscal management, asserting prudence and transparency. He highlighted ongoing infrastructure projects such as the Ring Road legacy project and housing initiatives, emphasizing the government’s commitment to public welfare and civil service reform.

Johnson concluded by urging critics to evaluate the government’s actions comprehensively, emphasizing the significance of governance realities beyond mere financial figures.

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