‘Amaechi Spent Billions On Projects That Don’t Exist On Land, Sea Or Anywhere In Rivers’

The Rivers State government has challenged the former governor of the State, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, to a public debate on the logic, financial cost, and social value of the failed monorail project along Azikiwe Road, Port Harcourt.

Mr. Amaechi had recently criticised Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State for not completing the controversial project.

But the State Government said it would meet Mr Amaechi for a debate on any platform, concerning projects abandoned by the previous Government.

In a press statement, the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr. Austin Tam-George,  also challenged Mr. Amaechi to come prepared with full explanations on other inflated contracts and unexecuted projects, such as, the Greater Port Harcourt City project over which 200 billion Naira was spent with nothing on the ground to justify the huge expenditure.

Dr. Tam-George also asked Mr Amaechi to give reasons for pulling down a standard, well equipped teaching hospital complete with doctors’ quarters along Hospital Road, Port Harcourt, leaving only weed to grow wildly in the space were the hospital once stood.

“By that thoughtless and disastrous action Mr Rotimi Amaechi restricted health care access for thousands of people, particularly women and children, and may have contributed to the deaths of thousands of people in the past eight years,” the Information Commissioner said.

“Will Mr Rotimi Amaechi also explain how 80 billion Naira was spent on the Rainbow Town project, near Amadi Ama, that was originally designated in 2010 to cost 40 billion Naira? Why does that project remain uncompleted six years after?”

“How about the billions of Naira signed off the State treasury in the name of the so-called Justice Karibi Whyte Specialist Hospital, which is a fictional project that does not exist on land, sea or anywhere in Rivers State?” the commissioner asked.

The Commissioner reiterated the commitment of the Nyesom Wike administration to complete any relevant project that could uplift the socio-economic life of the people of the state.

The commissioner condemned the Amaechi administration for leaving the most abandoned projects in the history of Rivers State, since 1967, despite receiving over 3 trillion naira in revenue in eight years.

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