Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Friday began the probe of the administration of his predecessor, Chibuike Amaechi, with the constitution of a judicial commission of inquiry to probe the sale of valued assets and withdrawal of funds by the last administration.
The five-member judicial commission of inquiry, which has 23 terms of reference, has Hon. Justice George Omereji as chairman, and Dr Edith Chukwu, Chief Monday Ekekenta, Ven. Alex Usifo and Elder Ignatius Piegbara as members.
Mrs Florence Fiberesima is to serve as secretary while Dr Zacheaus Adango will serve as counsel to the commission.
Inaugurating the commission at Government House, Port Harcourt, Wike said they should investigate the sale of Omoku 150MW gas turbine, Afam 360MW gas turbine, Trans-Amadi 136MW gas turbine and Eleme 75MW gas turbine.
He also said the commission of inquiry should investigate the mono-rail project and the sale of Olympia Hotel by the Amaechi administration.
According to Wike, other areas for the commission of inquiry to investigate are “the non-execution of the contract for the construction of the Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte Specialist Hospital after the payment of the sum of $39,200,000 to the supposed contractor; the disbursement or use by the Rivers State ministry of Agriculture of the sum of N2 billion Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Funds, and the withdrawal and expenditure of the accrued N96 billion from the Rivers State Reserve Fund without compliance with the Rivers State Reserve Fund Law No. 2 of 2008.”
On the gas turbines, Wike charged the commission to “ascertain the circumstances of the sale of the Omoku 150 MW Gas Turbine, Afam 360 MW Gas Turbine, Trans-Amadi 136 MW Gas Turbine and Eleme 75 MW Gas Turbine by the administration of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi; identify the purchaser(s) of the gas turbines, the total cost for which they were sold, and the whereabouts of the proceeds of their sale.”
Source: This Day