Lagos - The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for investigations into the procurement of the N218 million Automated Road Analyser by the state.
The party said the purchase of the Automated Road Analyser reportedly for assessment of quality of road constructions by contractors was tantamount to siphoning state funds.
The party, in a statement signed by Jerry Needam, Special Adviser on Media to the State Chairman, alleged complicity between the Director General of the State Bureau of Public Procurement, Franklyn Nlerum, and Governor Rotimi Amaechi.
"The PDP sees no reason for the purchase of the Automated Road Analyser let alone involving the Bureau in the purchase," PDP stated.
"It’s even more suspicious and intriguing the PDP notes, that Gov Amaechi who is at the last lap of his tenure and has accordingly ordered his caretaker committee chairmen and commissioners not to embark on new projects would go ahead to spend a large chunk of the loans he has been borrowing to purchase an Automated Road Analyser."
The party therefore urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to beam their searchlight on Gov Amaechi’s activities and purported purchase of this Automated Road Analyser.
“It’s also very unfortunate that our people have become docile and seem helpless in the face of the magnitude of theft and misappropriation of State funds by Amaechi, having grounded all monitoring agencies, the courts, the legislature etc to have a leeway to be doing as he likes," PDP stated.
"Any alarm we raise is mistaken as political opposition but the truth remains that the malfeasance that has become the lot of Amaechi administration is a fact and a deliberate ploy to inflict injury on our people to succumb to his whims and caprices.”
The accusations come amid the state government conceding local roads were in a poor state and in need of repair.
- CAJ News