Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, has debunked media speculations that there is a rift between him and members of the State House of Assembly. He said contrary to speculation, he holds the lawmakers in “high regard”.
His position was contained in a statement signed by commissioner of information and communications, Mrs Ibim Semenitari.
The statement reads in part: “The Rivers State Government is surprised at news reports of a rift between Governor Chibuike Amaechi and members of the Rivers State House of Assembly. Governor Amaechi holds members of the Rivers State House of Assembly in high regard.
“Having served in that same House for 8 years, he appreciates the strategic role of the Assembly in ensuring that government is held accountable to its electorate and will work with them to guarantee the rights of all Rivers people”.
The statement also reiterated government’s commitment to pay civil servants in the state their entitlements.
“The Rivers State Government also wishes to reiterate the fact that it is committed to paying civil servants their hard earned pay because it is their due and not a privilege.
“It is however important for government to confirm that it has paid salaries of its workers for the month of March and will very soon commence the payment of April salaries”, the statement said further
“Once again, government wishes to appreciate the kind understanding of Rivers workers as it strives to ensure that it meets its obligations to them”, it concluded.