Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has accused a former senator representing Rivers South East, Magnus Abe, of embezzling funds meant for the construction of a road in Ogoniland.
According to Wike, former Governor Chibuike Amaechi awarded Kpopie-Bodo City road construction contract to Mr. Abe, but the All Progressives Congress, APC, senatorial candidate, stole the contract funds.
“The former administration gave Senator Magnus Abe a contract of over N4 billion to construct this Kpopie-Bodo City Road and he embezzled the money. I am here to physically inspect this road. I hereby direct the State Ministry of Works to complete the road”, a statement by Mr. Wike’s media aide, Simeon Nwakaudu, quoted him as saying while addressing Ogoni people at Bodo City on Wednesday.
“It is unfortunate that he abandoned the Bodo section of the road because of his dislike for Bodo people. I have also directed that the road be fitted with street lights for beautification”, he added.
The governor pointed out that Sakpenwa-Bori Road was being constructed by CCECC, boasting that his administration works with “first grade” construction companies.
Mr. Wike said Mr. Abe wasted eight years in the Senate without attracting development to his people.
“I have disgraced the immediate past administration of APC in Rivers State by working where they failed to work. I have reached out to Ogoni people through projects that is why they are pained by the acceptance we enjoy.
“I will continue to develop Ogoni land and ensure that the people enjoy the benefits of good governance denied them by the immediate past APC administration where Senator Magnus Abe played a prominent role in defrauding Rivers State”, the governor said.
He added, “Just like I love Ikwerre people that is how I love Ogoni people. While I was a Minister, I attracted projects to Ikwerre land and also attracted N500m grant to Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori. As governor, I am committed to development projects across the state and the proofs are everywhere”.