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 an announcement, issued on Monday to DAILY POST stated they had been anxious about the way in which Wike was losing the assets of the state with out addressing the true challenges dealing with Rivers.
He stated whereas NDDGG sympathised with victims of the hearth 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 other people of Sokoto state over their loss, however we view this transfer as Governor Wike’s egocentric politically motivated and reckless donation of the collective assets of Rivers state, which befell 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 will not be 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 accepted 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 pricey state. He’s not 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.
“This can be 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 stated they had been bothered by the refusal of Wike to pay pensions and gratuities since 2015 until date, including that the Governor appeared 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 improvement companions from Rivers state.
“Now we have been elevating alarm on this subject 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 obtained zero allocation from a World Financial institution grant of greater than N123bn attributable to their incapacity to fulfill the 2019 eligibility standards, which required states to publish on-line accepted annual budgets and audited monetary statements inside a selected 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 individuals are the most important 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 folks die regretting why they used their complete life to serve their fatherland.
“NDDGG shall be left with no different choice than to mobilize Rivers folks 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 completed, our state shall be decreased to a den of beggars because of synthetic poverty attributable to authorities’s insensitivity”.