Stop wasting Rivers’ money on frivolities, APC chairman tells Fubara


Tony Okocha, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, has alleged that Governor Siminialayi Fubara has been frivolously spending state funds that were intended for development purposes.


Okocha levelled the accusation during a press briefing in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, where he highlighted the state of development in Rivers over the last 10 months under Fubara’s administration.


According to Okocha, the APC in Rivers has come to the conclusion that Fubara’s administration is “visionless.’’


“The governor is busy spending money on Thanksgiving in all the local government areas of the state. We are here to condemn in absolute terms, the inactivity of this government; the governor is meant to consolidate on the road plan of his predecessors, but we have seen that the governor has derailed from the consolidation plan.


“Government should be about continuity and that is why the current governor of Akwa Ibom State continued with the laid down plans of the government. The governor of Rivers State is completely out of the road plans.


“Apart from the ring road initiated by the former governor Nyesom Wike, there is no other road project initiated in the state by the current administration.


“We need to know what is happening in Rivers State; people are saying, the governor is transforming Songhai farm, rehabilitating cassava plant. How does that translate to good governance for Rivers people? So, the support is highly orchestrated by the governor himself,” Okocha said.


On the economic hardship in the country, Okocha explained that it’s a global phenomenon and not a result of leadership failure.


He said that President Bola Tinubu was eager to bring Nigerians out of suffering, just as he demonstrated political will and removed the fuel subsidy which he said was “anti-people.”


“The Federal Government added the funds realised from the removal of subsidy to the state allocation to cushion the effect of hardship. This is why states now get not less than 20 billion as their monthly allocation.


“Some state governments were busy giving palliatives to people in their states to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy.


“Rivers State is number three in terms of federal allocation, what has the state government done with the funds allocated to it?,” he added.


He urged the governor to ensure that he conducted local government elections as enshrined in the constitution.


He also urged the governor to constitute the State Executive Council and not to run the state single-handedly without the state Assembly because the APC members are in the majority.

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