Wike Amaechi's rejection of state award is a moral relief - Rivers Govt

In furtherance, he said the award was never meant to be a validation of Amaechi's administration or praise the ex-governor.

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Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and incumbent, Nyesom Wike play

Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and incumbent, Nyesom Wike

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The Rivers State government has reacted to the rejection of a proposed state award by Rotimi Amaechi.

In a recent release by Dr Austin Tam-George, the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, said Amaechi's rejection was much of a relief news.

Tam-George said: "Given Mr Amaechi's sanctimonious statement of rejection, it is important to clarify that the Rivers State Government never set out to honour Mr Amaechi for any meritorious service to the State during his time as governor. 

"As part of the events of the State's Golden Jubilee celebration,  the State government accepted the recommendation ofthe organizing committee that a variety of awards be given to different categories of individuals who have earned a place in the history of the State.

"There is a category of the awards designated for former governors of the State.  And as a former governor,  Mr Amaechi fell automatically in that category," he explained.

In furtherance, he said the award was never meant to be a validation of Amaechi's administration or otherwise.

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"We wish to emphasize that the award was never meant as a validation of Mr Amaechi's horrendous administration.  Mr Amaechi was personally indicted for stealing billions of public funds during his time in office,  by a court-approved panel of inquiry set up by the state government.

"The government will soon initiate a prosecutorial process against him in multiple jurisdictions, in Nigeria and abroad. And no award would have stopped that process. 

"We must confess that as a government, we wrestled with the moral horror of giving any kind of award to a man whose government was no better than a criminal syndicate.

"Mr Amaechi may be a scoundrel of  history, but  he was once a governor of the state. The proposed award was to serve as a sad acknowledgement of the especially dark place he occupies in our State's otherwise illustrious history.

"His rejection of the award is therefore a huge moral relief for the administration,  and the people of the state," Tam-George expressed.

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