The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, seems to have been caught red handed for having a repetition of the State’s 2017 budget, as the proposed 2018 budget, thereby landing himself in some sort of trouble with his opposition.
This allegation was made known in a Press statement signed by Livingstone Wechie, Executive Director, Integrity Group, sent to Post-Nigeria on Saturday morning.
The statement reads thus:
The budget speech presented by Governor Nyesom Wike on the floor of the Rivers State House of Assembly, is a repeat broadcast and budget speech repetition as contained in his 2017 budget speech, amongst other budget speeches capturing same projects. Thus, all budgets under the Wike government is akin to the mysterious Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, since the “Appropriation Law” which is the budget documents proper have remained a top secret and inaccessible to the general public, including members of his administration.
The budget speech which is a summary of the mysterious budget, lacks in needs assessment of the Rivers Constituents. Virtually all projects captured in the Governor Wike 2018 budget speech are same as his previous budget speeches, which is a dangerous trend of double BUDGETTING. Some of the so called ongoing projects are projects that can be completed easily within a budgetary year, but have been rebudgetted for without any explanation. An example is the Amadi-Ama internal roads among several others.
Therefore, it is no longer in doubt that the entire budget proposals of Governor Wike, is his personal opinion. This is because, he has shut out the people of the State through lack of consultation and participation, killing the scale of preference model with a mischievous projects distribution approach, as there can be no better way to describe lack of accountability in governance outside mischief, as he continues to show ulterior motives in this order.
Unfortunately, it is surprising the conspiracy between Governor Wike and members of the State House of Assembly who rated him seventy four (74%) in implementation of the 2017 budget. And the question is, how did they arrive at this rating without any accessible budget, when the people of Rivers State and the general public were completely shut out.
It is because of the lack of consultation that Governor Nyesom Wike is always in the habit of impulse and on the spot contract and award of projects upon visits without due process of the law, which is quick means under the Wike administration to consistently misappropriate public funds under the guise of “Mr Projects” in virtually all his so-called projects.
From Wike’s budgets speech, monies running into hundreds of billions of Naira have been curiously allocated for various purposes, even though it is traditional in his administration not to give technical details on appropriation in line with the budget proper and the State Procurement Law. This is because the 2018 budget again will be a huge secret, and the Governor is likely to hide it again being a propaganda budget that nobody except Governor Nyesom Wike will have access to, for his best known questionable intent.
Regrettably, the 2018 budget under Governor Wike if any, is his last chance under the current dispensation for a full budgetary year implementation, yet Rivers people will not be involved or consulted, and this is a grave betrayal of trust.
Thus, Governor Nyesom Wike’s 2018 Budget from his budget speech is a clear act of double BUDGETTING, akin to the mysterious Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devils Triangle, which nobody shall have access to except Governor Wike himself, and we will not rest until Justice is served.
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