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APC says Rivers Governor worst culprit among debtors

31 July 2015, 13:13Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for ordering a comprehensive probe into the N4 trillion debt by some Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies handed over by the immediate past administration of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

It expressed “deep sadness” and “embarrassment” that the highest culprit among the 28 Federal Ministries was the one headed by current State Governor, Nyesom Wike, formerly Minister of State and later as substantive Minister.

“Out of the total sum of N4 trillion debts accumulated largely through unconscionable and reckless contract awards and graft, the Federal Ministry of Education under Nyesom Wike came out tops with a total debt of N1.2 trillion or 30 percent of the total indebtedness by the 28 Ministries,” the party’s State Chairman,  Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said.

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“For the APC, judgment time has come for the former Minister now Governor of Rivers State given that a number of sordid things were perpetrated in the Ministry while under his watch,” added Ikanya.

Ikanya said there were controversies around the Almajiri School Scheme, the Universal Basic Education (UBEC), the Tertiary Education Trust Fund under Wike’s watch.

He alleged the main scam was is the N180 billion UBEC funds allegedly looted by Chief Wike and then-First Lady, Patience Jonathan, through fraudulent contracts for the supply of textbooks to higher institutions but the textbooks were never supplied.

Wike, who could not be reached for comment, was Minister between 2011 and 2014 when he resigned to pursue the governorship post in Rivers State.

He defeated close rival Dakuku Peterside of the APC in the polls earlier this year but the latter is contesting the outcome. 

- CAJ News


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