Abuja - Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has expressed concern at the level of corruption in the country amid worries public funds were diverted for private use.
Speaking shortly after swearing into office 21 local government caretaker chairmen in the state, he urged them to use public funds for the good of the people.
“I am a worried man. I am extremely worried for the country because the level of text I got from people, even the desperation by old council members who wanted to return. I wonder why they were so desperate. It just shows me that they were only interested in increasing their stomach infrastructure," Amaechi said.
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“I got very, very worried. People were desperate, people were threatening, all sorts of text messages were sent to me but I remained adamant and said ‘let the people go and choose, I will not participate in this very exercise’. I believe that you have been chosen to serve the people."
He added, “My problem is that the level of corruption in Nigeria now knows no bounds. If at that federal level, people can get away, you have to see how bad corruption has become in Nigeria."
He said state governments were not able to pay salaries despite money received from government coffers.
He meanwhilw said the state would organize local government elections to usher in democratically elected local government chairmen and councillors after next year's country’s general elections.
“We have assured the state that we would organize (local government) elections immediately after the national elections because we believe that only democratically elected council chairmen should run the councils."
- CAJ News