UPDATED: Gov Wike In Trouble For Purchasing N450m Mobile Offices
By Abiodun Oluwarotimi
There are indications that Rivers state governor, Barrister Nyemsom Wike, is presently facing hard times over the three mobile offices he recently purchased at the rate of N450m.
Feelers told Nigerian Concord that Wike’s trouble over the purchase of the three mobile offices became more serious as a result of inability to pay workers salaries and overseas students’ scholarship as at when due.
It was learnt that the case of the flamboyant governor of the oil-rich state has been reported to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the State House of Assembly and other relevant agencies for proper checks.
A source told our reporter that the mobile offices which are three luxury vehicles were first noticed at the interdenominational Thanksgiving Service held last Sunday at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium.
It was gathered that indegenes of Rivers state are very angry and ready to commence open protests if the state government refuses to explain how much dent was inflicted on the state treasury to satisfy the exotic taste of the spendthrift governor.
Checks by Nigerian Concord indicate that each of the luxury vehicle costs about N150m and this put the three mobile offices at N450 million.
The opposition All Progressive Congress,APC, in the state, provides some answers claiming the three vehicles cost N450 million, at N150 million each.
As it is, Nigerian Concord has gathered that the EFCC may soon invite some top public functionaries in Governor Wike’s cabinet to explain the reason behind the purchase of the three mobile office at the rate of N450 million.
It was also gathered that the Rivers State House of Assembly will soon begin probe into the purchase.
However, a renowned lawyer in Rivers state, Mr. Charles Aholu, has written an open letter to Governor Wike over the outrageous spending of the state funds.
Below are the full contents of the letter:
I write you this letter as a concerned indigene of our beloved Rivers State. I did not set out to write because like other electronic vuvuzelas, I desire to scout for cheap popularity. Trust me, my intentions are quite noble. I may be unable to unlace your sandals, but I am sure that I can draw your attention to those matters which merits your commendation and condemnation, so that your appetite for princely robes, real estate, automobiles and bank-breaking alcoholic beverages can be put in check.
Please sir, don’t be mad at me for revealing the golden nature of your taste. It is not in doubt that you are a man with a grand appetite for grandeur. That is not a secret at all. From your acquisition of choice properties during your reign as Chief of staff to your former boss now turned enemy, to your accession to the laudable comforts of posh automobiles, you have displayed affection for luxury worthy of emulation by aspiring politicians who see you as a role model.
But my worry sir, is that you have decided not to put your taste for these automobiles in check. I recently heard that you acquired two bullet proof mobile offices reportedly worth three Hundred million naira (N300, 000, 000. 00).
If my records serve me right, you are the first governor to have purchased these luxury mobile offices in Nigeria. I know that by this purchase, you have shot Rivers State into the exclusive class of states in the world with a world class throttling office good enough to feed several families and for which great operational expenses would be incurred. Bravo sir! Your swagger and ‘prudence’ is worthy of emulation.
What defies wonder is that you chose to buy two (2) of these sexy automobiles at a period of austerity and great economic strain when your government has for the same reason, discontinued the Rivers State Overseas Scholarship for want of funds. That you chose to purchase these offices at a period when salaries are yet to be paid and when the dollar is sky-high for want of local investment is a testimonial of your ‘frugality and great economic marksmanship’. You are indeed a modern wonder!
Please sir, permit me to ask you just one or two questions. What is the cost of this your recent swag? I hope the amount will not be shrouded in mystery? I hope it will not suffer the same fate as the 2016 Appropriation Bill which has remained a privately classified document?
Let me congratulate you once again for inflicting your kingly taste on the good people of Rivers State. You have proven yourself a good son worthy of emulation and have broken every record of economic frugality in an era of austerity.
Please accept my warmest regards!
Aholu Charles O.