The Rivers state government expressed shock when it found that the ex-governor Rotimi Amaechi had spent N82 million to host Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka to a three-hour dinner.
This Day reports that Austin-Tam George, the state commissioner for information and communication, expressed shock and discontent while addressing journalists on Tuesday, January 5, at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
He revealed that the figures were contained in the handover note prepared by the former permanent secretary of the state ministry of information and communication.
“A government did not pay salaries, closed the courts but the administration had the temerity to expend N82million to fund a dinner for Soyinka.
“These are facts on ground. The Amaechi administration expended the money under the heading of borrowed funds.
“There is a massive propaganda machine out there misinforming the people about the policy direction of Governor Wike’s administration. They have to respect the will of the people. Instead, they go about spreading falsehood against the people of the state,” he said.
The information commissioner stressed developmental achievements of Governor Nyesom Wike and noted the state was currently dealing with a “disastrous legacy of abandoned projects” by the Amaechi administration.
He added that the present administration was facing a combination of “85 per cent information war” and “political fundamentalism”.