The Rivers State commissioner for information and communication, Dr. Austin Tam-George has said that the British prime minister, David Cameron’s recent comment on Nigeria as being “fantastically corrupt” was an apparent reference to the minister of transportation and former governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi’s corrupt legacy in Rivers State.
Dr. Tam-George who disclosed this in a press statement on Tuesday, May 11, 2016, said Amaechi has become the symbol of corruption in Nigeria, as he had been indicted by a court-approved judicial panel of inquiry over gross mismanagement and stealing of public funds, adding that “Mr. Amaechi’s presence in the federal cabinet is a horrendous blight on President Buhari’s anti-corruption war.”
The commissioner called on the British government who are the conveners of the ongoing anti-corruption conference in the United Kingdom to feature the looting of the Rivers State treasury by the Amaechi administration as a key item of discussion at the conference, noting that Amaechi’s mismanagement of public funds has led to misery and mass poverty in Rivers State.
The commissioner lamented that although Amaechi received over N3 trillion in eight years, he left the most abandoned projects in the history of Rivers State, since 1967.
The commissioner called on Mr. Amaechi to resign from office in order to give credibility to President Buhari’s anti-graft war.
Dr. Tam-George also accused Prof. Itse Sagay, chairman presidential advisory committee against corruption, a key supporter of Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, of turning a blind eye on Amaechi’s nefarious legacy in Rivers State.
The commissioner commended the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike for running a transparent and people-oriented government, through the delivery of quality service.
By Kenneth Ebelemi
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