The Rivers State Government has accused the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike of planning to procure a court judgment to halt the implementation of the state’s 2014 Appropriation Bill which was on Tuesday passed by the State House of Assembly.
The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, explained that Wike, an indigene of the state, was planning to carry out the act in connivance with his some of his acolytes.
Semenitari, who made this known while speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Thursday, said the aim of the minister and his friends in Abuja was to financially emasculate the state.
“We have information that has reached us that Mr Nyesom Wike, in connivance with some of his acolytes, is attempting to purchase a judgment against the Appropriation Bill passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly”, the commissioner said.
She added that: “We are also aware that the intension with his Abuja friends is to do this and strangulate Rivers state, to ensure that we do not receive funds, this is regardless to the fact that we have salaries to be paid in this state, regardless of the fact that there are development projects.
“They intend to procure this judgment through the back door and serve the Ministry of Finance and make sure that the funds that should accrue to Rivers state do not get to Rivers state every month”.
But the President General of the Grassroots Development Initiative, GDI, a group funded by the minister, Mr. Bright Amaewhule, said it was wrong for the state government to blame Mr. Wike each time it (Rivers Government) erred in law.
Amaewhule noted that contrary to the belief in government circles, the Rivers State 2014 Budget had not been passed into law.