‘Rivers state economy is dead’ says NIMASA DG

by IGNATIUS CHUKWU, Port Harcourt

December 12, 2017 | 10:46 am
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Director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, says the economy of Rivers State is dead, saying it has crashed from lack of leadership and absence of any strategic plan to contain insecurity.
Peterside, who fielded questions from the press in Port Harcourt at the weekend, said Rivers people were suffering and that sections of the workers were no longer being paid while endless biometric screening exercise had been used as a ploy to separate workers from their salaries for months.
The DG said hopelessness is now the new feeling in the state, saying the opposition should think of how to rescue the state. “Rivers needs rescue. Somebody must rise to help out.”
He said the money belonging to the state has been used to sponsor political parties and other events around the world.
He said Rivers State now occupies the number one position in crime according all national security records monthly reviewed by all the agencies. “Rivers State government is not concerned. Businesses are closing down, no strategic initiative other than donation of a few patrol vans to the police.”
On whether this could be reversed by ending or restructuring the special police, SARS, he said it was wrong to vilify SARS or the head of SARS in the state. “I do not share that opinion. The entire police needs reforms, not just one arm. We cannot support reforms driven by political interest. This is because SARS in Rivers State refuses to cooperative with the state government in a plot”. He did not mention the kind of cooperation demanded.
He said his silence was due to the serious job he was doing at the Federal Government level, saying when the time comes, he would make a decision and that the party he belonged would unfold actions that would prove that the governor was not as popular as many felt.
He said anybody ready to throw money around would attract many followers and huge attention.
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by IGNATIUS CHUKWU, Port Harcourt

December 12, 2017 | 10:46 am
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