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How Amarchi Embezzled Proceeds From Sales Of Rivers Aircraft- Gov Wike

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Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has accused the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi of embezzlement of proceeds from the sales of the state aircraft and power stations.

He has meanwhile offered to resign from office, if Amaechi can mention any federal project he has attracted to Rivers State as a minister since 2015.

Governor Wike in a statement by his Media Aide, Mr Kelvin Ebiri stated these at the formal defection of two former chairmen of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dr. Davies Ikanya and Hon. Igo Aguma, as well as other chieftains of the opposition to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Port Harcourt on Saturday.

The governor explained that Amaechi, who is his predecessor had claimed he sold a Dash 8 aircraft purchased by former Governor, Dr. Peter Odili administration to Government of Cross River at the cost of $6million, but has failed to account for the proceeds of the transaction till date.

Similarly, the governor disclosed that through intelligence, the state government was able to trace a second aircraft belonging to the State government that was also purchased by the Odili’s administration to Germany, where Amaechi had clandestinely diverted it to in 2012.

Governor Wike said Amaechi’s reign in office as governor was characterised by financial malfeasance.  To buttress this , the governor maintained that the $308 Million paid by Sahara Energy to acquire the State independent power projects was diverted by the Minister.  In addition, he said Amaechi had spent $39.9 Million of State funds on non-existent, Justice Karibi Whyte hospital in Port Harcourt.

The governor, who cited several projects he attracted to Rivers State while he was Minister of State for Education under the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, challenged Amaechi to emulate him by reviving the moribund Port Harcourt seaports in order to create employment opportunity for Rivers’ youths.

Governor Wike narrated that but for his intervention, former Commissioner for Urban and Rural Planning, Dr. Reason Onya, who recently defected to the APC would have been charged for murder following his indictment by a judicial panel of inquiry that investigated a multi-story building that collapse in Port Harcourt and claimed several lives in 2018.

The State PDP chairman, Ambassador Desmond Akawor said the defection of Dr. Ikanya, Aguma and others marks the formal interment of the opposition party in Rivers State.

Narrating his reason for leaving the APC which he founded in Rivers State , Dr. Davies Ikanya explained that he cannot with good conscience remain in a political party that was built on deception.

According to him, all the expectation that the APC will provide security, create employment opportunities and better life for Nigerians have turned out to be a mere mirage.

Ikanya, who remains the only elected chairman of the APC in Rivers State, said it was regrettable that the party has been hijacked by persons who place their personal interest far above the party.

He used the occasion to apologise to the governor and people of Rivers State for introducing the APC to the State, which has been peacefully governed by the PDP since 1999.

On his part, the immediate past caretaker committee chairman of APC, Hon. Igo Aguma accused Amaechi of brainwashing him and others to join the APC.

He called on the Attorney General of the Federation to immediately investigate finances of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) between 2016 and 2019.

Igo called for the prosecution of the Minister of Transportation for mismanagement of over $317 Million allegedly spent on 1.5 kilometer now abandoned monorail.

APC chieftains who defected to PDP are:   Chief Ogbogbo Nnamdi, Hon. Isobo Jack (former caretaker chairman, APC), Barrister Paul Nwankwoala, (former APC legal adviser), Hon. Faaye Franklin, Chief Andy Nweye (pioneer spokesperson of APC), Hon. Alamese Martins-Yellow, Hon. Ilamabo Mirila, Dr. More Oja-Chinda, Hon. Benibo Anabraraba (former minority leader, Rivers State House of Assembly), Hon. Alphine Whyte,  and Hon. Wisdom Wakama (former minority leader, Rivers State House of Assembly).
 
 

May 22, 2021
 
 
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Work On Gyawana-Opalo-Hoki Electricity Project Will Begin Soon – Gov Fintiri

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has announced that work on Gyawana-Opalo-Hoki electricity project in Lamurde Local government area will commence soon.

The Governor who revealed this when he led the campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to canvassing for votes in Gyawana, Lamurde Local Government Area ahead of the forthcoming elections said Government will begin connection of the remaining communities without light to the national grid.

He told the people of Gyawana, Opalo Ngbakowo and Dubwangun wards that his administration has constructed 4km in Lamurde town, 11km of rural road and built 60-bed capacity hospital among others in the local government area.

Governor Umaru Fintiri while noting how his administration turned around the education sector, said he has given local government council chairmen approval to employ more qualified teachers into primary schools to enhance teaching and learning in the state.

On the tussle between host community/workers and management of Dangote Sugar Refinary Numan, Governor Fintiri told the electorates how he asked Alhaji Aliko Dangote to pay compensation among other things to the victims.

He called on the people to support his re-election bid and vote for all PDP candidates in the forthcoming general elections from top to bottom for better Adamawa and Nigeria as a whole.

After the Gyawana rally, Governor Umaru Fintiri alongside top government officials has commissioned Lecture Hall at College of Agriculture Ganye Satelitte Campus Gyawana in Lamurde Local government area.

Meanwhile, Governor Umaru Fintiri in Suwa, Lamurde LGA for the campaign has reassured his commitment to maintain the diversity of Adamawa people and provide equity and fairness to all tribes in the state for peace and tranquility.

Governor Fintiri told the people of Suwa, Sabon Layi and Waduku Wards that the government would continue to protect their lives and property to the best of its ability urging them to vote for PDP candidates in the forthcoming elections.

According to the Governor, It is only quality and affordable education that will bridge the gap between the rich and the poor and therefore reiterates his continued commitment to provide free education in the state.

He promised to drill borehole in Suwa and directed the State Ministry of Rural Infrastructure and Community Development to connect the area and Waduku to the national grid with immediate effect.

Governor Fintiri has during the rally sympathized with the people over the death of PDP Youth Leader in Suwa Ward, Hon. Mairiga Yohannah who was being laid to rest today (Saturday) in Lamurde and prayed to God to grant him eternal rest.

An elder statesman in Suwa, Mr Gabriel Yakubu commended Governor Fintiri for his free education Programme among other giant strides of his administration and assured him and other PDP candidates massive votes of the community.

While on a stop over in Timnu in the Local Government Area, Governor Umaru Fintiri has promised to procure brand new additional transformer for the community for improved electricity as requested by leaders of the community.

The Governor asked the electorates to continue to maintain peace among them as according to him government on its part will not relent until the citizens sleep with their two eyes close across the state.

The State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu while presenting flag to Hon. Pawikai Bauna as the party’s Candidate for State Assembly Member Lamurde Constituency in Gyawana urged the people to maintain their support for the party.

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Gov Fintiri Turbaned As New Gyana Bachama

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Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Saturday turbaned as the new Gyana (defender) Bachama by Hama Bachama and Paramount ruler of Bachama Kingdom, Homun Daniel Shaga Ismaila.

The colorful event which held in Lamurde, the headquarters of Bachama Traditional Council was attended by State Deputy Governor, Chief Crowther Seth and some top government officials, party chieftains among others .

Speaking at the event, Homun Shaga Ismaila pointed out that the title is an additional responsibility on the Governor to championing the course of peace and prayed that it will be a path to progress and development of the land.

The royal father commended Governor Umaru Fintiri for ensuring peace and security in Bachama Kingdom revealing that his peace loving subjects now go about their lawful businesses without any hindrance.

“Your Excellency, you have brought peace in our land. Our people now go to their farms in peace without any fear of attacks. I wish you the best of luck in the forthcoming elections and beyond,” said the royal father.

In his vote of thanks, Governor Umaru Fintiri appreciated the royal father for bestowing on him the title of Gyana Bachama and noted that it will no doubt spur him to do more in the area of good governance for the state.

He reiterates his resolve to use the title to promote peace, development and prospery in Bachama land and Adamawa State as well as unite the diversed Adamawa people across the nooks and crannies of the state.

Governor Fintiri had after the turbaning ceremony in company of some top government officials proceeded to commission Governor’s Lodge which was a joint project constructed in Lamurde town.

Highlight of the turbaning event was cultural dance display by various groups.

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Just In: Adamawa Govt Set To Construct Modire Road In Yola

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Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State says the government will soon flag off construction of Modire Road in Yola South LGA to ease the hardships of motorists and the community.

The Governor announced this when he led the campaign train of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to Yolde Pate in Yola South LGA to canvass for votes ahead of the forthcoming elections.

He said survey of the road will soon be conducted for commencement of the project by the contracting firm, Triacta Nigeria Limited.

The Governor equally reminded the people how his administration built Nyibango – Yolde Pate road, saying that of Lakare – Bole project is still ongoing and will be completed in the next 3 months.

“We have so far delivered on our 11- point agenda and in the second tenure of my administration, we will pursue on 8-point agenda for continued reformation of all sectors in the state,” said the Governor.

The Executive Chairman, Yola South LGA Council, Engineer Mohammed Hamidu commended Governor Fintiri for executing People’s oriented projects in the area and assured him massive votes of the residents.

In their separate remarks, Mohammed Yahaya Marafa and Madam Salome Nelson thanked Governor Fintiri for constructing Lakare – Bole road among other giant strides such as payment of Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations.

Meanwhile, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri had earlier assured the people of Yadim and Ukituki Wards of Fufore LGA of continuity towards Improving security, and education among other sectors if re-elected.

The Governor who was in Yadim on the political campaign announced the readiness of the Government to asphalt the rural road leading to the area constructed by his administration adding that more projects will be deployed to the community.

In his remarks, the State Chairman of PDP, Barrister Tahir Shehu while receiving decampees into the party, assured them fair treatment while urging them to mobilize votes for the party in the forthcoming elections.

Speaking at the event, PDP Candidate for Verre Constituency, Mr Japhet Hammajabu said Yadim and Ukituki wards supported the Governor in 2019, and will indeed double their votes for him and other candidates of the party in the forthcoming elections.

The Sarki Tsabta Adamawa, Alhaji Hamman Adama Ahijo who recalled how bad the road leading to Yadim was before the coming of the present administration, thanked Governor Fintiri for constructing it and assured him bloc votes of the community and environs.

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