Group demands transparency, accountability on 78bn reimbursement of Rivers state

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In the wake of Federal Government’s June reimbursement of the Rivers State Government’s spending on federal road in the state, the government at the center has been urged to ensure that the state gives account of its expenditure of the fund.

A group, Network for Defense and Good Governance (NDDGG), in a statement charges the Rivers state government to publish details of the projects the fund was expended on in line with the Public Procurement Law.

The convener of the group, Sobomabo Jackrich, said, “The Rivers state government should publish details as to how it and what projects the N78.9 billion would be used for in line with Public Procurement Laws.”

He said that it would enable monitors to track proper appropriation of the allocated funds.

Jackrich called on other anti-corruption crusaders to join on a fact-finding mission in ensuring that the Governor Wike-led administration observes all accountability measures in the running of the state.

He further urged the federal government to review its 13 per cent allocation to the oil-bearing communities in Rivers State, starting from 2015.

Recalled that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at a virtual meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari approved the reimbursement of the fund to the state.

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