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Public warned against deals with outgoing Rivers government

20 May 2015, 07:41Okoro Chinedu

Lagos – The Transition Committee of the Governor-Elect of the Rivers State has dissuaded members of the public from transactions with the outgoing administration of the state.

The committee said it had received reports of hurried financial transactions by the Rotimi Amaechi-led government with some of these transactions neither provided for in the state budget nor having the necessary cash backings.

In some instances, contractors are now being paid in advance for work not yet done or anticipated to be done,” said Frank Owhor, Secretary of the Transition Committee.

He said the alleged refusal of the Rivers State government to constitute a Transition Committee to interface with that of the Governor-Elect had created a loophole that corrupt and unscrupulous political appointees were exploiting to the detriment of the people of the state.

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Thus, he said, the Transition Committee wished to advise members of the public to refrain from being part of any dubious financial or commercial transaction whether involving Certificate of Occupancy, award of contracts, guarantees, prepayment and advances.

“Any person entering into any such financial commitments involved in the backdating of contracts and other commercial transactions have themselves to blame for the consequences. Political Office holders are also advised to be circumspect in their last minutes dealing as there is no immunity for them, whether in or out of office. For the avoidance of doubt, the in-coming administration would not honour fictitious transactions, done or purported to be done.”

The All Progressives Congress lost the Rivers State governorship seat to the People’s Democratic Party following elections held last month but the former is contesting the outcome.

- CAJ News


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