The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Friday challenged the state Governor, Nyesom Wike to make public the state’s 2018 budget.
The party gave the call while warning that it won’t accept a repeat of what happened in the past two years where Wike refused to make public the state’s budgets.
Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Chris Finebone, noted that Wike’s refusal to make the state’s budget public clearly “suggests that he will continue ignoring the people and keep holding the state budgets hostage.”
“At the risk of sounding pessimistic, early signs already indicate that Rivers people should not expect any cheery news from the present budget proposal presented by Gov. Nyesom Wike last Thursday.
“In his budget proposal presentation speech, nothing suggested that the budget will be placed in public space this time around as the governor made no comments on the clamour by the people to be given access to their budgets. His refusal to react to that clamour clearly suggests that he will continue ignoring the people and keep holding the state budgets hostage.
“As a political party, the APC team of budget experts is carefully studying the appropriation bill presented to the Rivers State House of Assembly. However, we note that the actual kernel of a budget which the team will be evaluating is whether all the processes the House should put the bill through are conformed with because that is largely what will legitimise the final outcome or invalidate it . Another is whether this time around the final budget will be placed in public space just as all other states in Nigeria including the federal government do.