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Fubara Orders Audit of Local Government Accounts in Rivers

This development follows the ongoing political crisis plaguing the state.

FILE: Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara

Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has instructed the state’s auditor general to commence an audit of the accounts of the 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) for the past three years. This decision comes amidst an ongoing political crisis affecting the state.

During the swearing-in ceremony for the Caretaker Committee Chairmen of the LGAs, Governor Fubara explained that the audit is meant to ensure accountability for the incoming officials. He urged the newly appointed chairmen to prioritize the interests of their constituents and prove that their appointments were justified.

Emphasizing the democratic nature of current events, Fubara highlighted that the fight against tenure extension is a national issue, as permitting it in one state could set a precedent across the country. He pointed out that Rivers State’s use of caretaker committees is not unique, as many other states employ similar measures.

Fubara assured that the caretaker chairmen’s tenure would be brief, with preparations for local government elections already underway. He discouraged any form of violence, advocating instead for a peaceful resolution to issues, and urged the officials to address the salaries and entitlements of outgoing chairmen.

The appointed caretaker chairmen are as follows:

  • Abua/Odua LGA: Madigai Dickson
  • Ahoada East LGA: Happy Benneth
  • Ahoada West LGA: Daddy John Green
  • Akuku Toru LGA: Otonye Briggs
  • Andoni LGA: Reginald Ekaan
  • Asari Toru LGA: Orolosoma Amachree
  • Bonny LGA: Alabota Anengi Barasua
  • Degema LGA: Anthony Soberekon
  • Eleme LGA: Brain Gokpa
  • Emouha LGA: David Omereji
  • Etche LGA: John Otamiri
  • Gokana LGA: Kenneth Kpeden
  • Ikwerre LGA: Darlington Orji
  • Khana LGA: Marvin Yobana
  • Obia/Akpor LGA: Chijioke Ihunwo
  • Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA: Princewill Ejekwe
  • Ogu/Bolo LGA: Evans Bipi
  • Okrika LGA: Princess Ogan
  • Omuma LGA: Promise Reginald
  • Opobo/Nkoro LGA: Enyiada Cookey-Gam
  • Oyigbo LGA: Gogo Philip
  • Port Harcourt LGA: Ichemati Ezebunwo
  • Tai LGA: Matthew Dike
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