N82m Dinner: Rivers govt to demand refund from Wole Soyinka

L-R: Rotimi Amaechi and Prof Wole Soyinka

Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

L-R: Rotimi Amaechi and Prof Wole Soyinka
L-R: Rotimi Amaechi and Prof Wole Soyinka

Rivers State Information Commissioner, Dr Austin Tam-George has declared that the state government will demand a refund of the N82million expended by former Governor Amaechi on Professor Wole Soyinka’s dinner if it confirms that the Nobel Laureate received part of the funds in cash.

Also, Dr Tam-George declared that the point of departure between former governor, Amaechi and incumbent Governor Nyesom Wike was that the latter (Wike) observed probity and accountability in all governmental actions, something that was thrown overboard by Amaechi.

Addressing Rivers people via a radio programme on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, Tam-George regretted that Amaechi’s administration used the Ministry of Information and Communications headed by Ibim Semenitari to amass N1.1billion debt on frivolous expenditure.

“I will seek the permission of the Governor to formally write Professor Wole Soyinka, a known supporter of Amaechi if he received part of the N82million spent on a three-hour dinner hosted for him by the Amaechi administration.

“If he reveals that he received any fund, then he will be compelled to refund same to the coffers of Rivers State. At present, we have presented these details to the police for investigation and prosecution. We will also take up this matter as a financial crime against the people of Rivers State.”

Meanwhile, a statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, a Special Assistant to Wike, has noted that “All the fraudulent actions of the Amaechi administration are being addressed by the Wike administration,” pointing out, that it will take time for the legal process to be completed because they are financial crimes,”

According to the statement, “Amaechi betrayed the trust of Rivers people by embarking on irresponsible expenses, which led to the mismanagement and fraudulent misuse of N3trillion that accrued to the state under his watch”.

He noted that Wike had to leave the Amaechi administration when the former governor refused to adhere to patriotic advice to use Rivers State resources to develop the state.

He explained that already Rivers people are witnessing the proper use of resources as they are witnessing transformations across the landscape.

The statement further claimed that Amaechi left several months of unpaid salaries, pensions, abandoned projects and scholarships despite receiving N3trillion as revenue under his watch.

18 COMMENTS

  1. No! I cannot belief that! Wole Soyinka is not a such…even though it happened, it is not a fraud. But a legal…

  2. Wike has left substance and is pursuing shadow. A drowning man will always be looking for any available straw to hang on to.
    It’s a pity Wike is drowning and unfortunately the Nobel Laureate isn’t the kind of straw that can keep him afloat.
    Or is he going to come out denying that he didn’t approve such commentaries by his commissioner like he did on the case of Inko -Taria when he made disparaging commentaries about judges and judgements they’d delivered.

  3. Wike has left substance and is pursuing shadow. A drowning man will always be looking for any available straw to hang on to.
    It’s a pity Wike is drowning and unfortunately the Nobel Laureate isn’t the kind of straw that can keep him afloat.
    Or is he going to come out denying that he didn’t approve such commentaries by his commissioner like he did on the case of ĺ nko -Taria when he made disparaging commentaries about judges and judgements they’d delivered.

  4. “The trials of brother Jero”? “Kongi’s Harvest”? The poems that don’t mean a thing? Hype. Hypocrite!

  5. Illiteracy in the highest level and degree. What if it were to be the Pope or Queen of England that visited for lunch, would you ask for the money to be returned? Professor Wole Soyinka is a house hold name and should be respected. Leave my Wole Soyinka

  6. This is too childish. It looks like Rivers State government is run by people of kindergarten age. If this government have nothing to do let the think about how to compensate all those killed during 2015 election otherwise their spirit will continue to haunt them and remove their sense of reason.

  7. No Wonder he suddenly assumed the role of a town cryer for APC . It is now evident that his foundation..GOODLUCK JONATHAN must go was oiled with funds from the treasury of RIVERS STATE .
    Please, Mr. Kogi Wole Soyinka #bringbackourmoney#

  8. No Wonder he suddenly assumed the role of a town cryer for APC . It is now evident that his foundation..GOODLUCK JONATHAN must go was oiled with funds from the treasury of RIVERS STATE .
    Please, Mr. Kogi Wole Soyinka #bringbackmoney#

  9. I dey laugh o!
    Could this be #Dinnergate#?
    Yeye dey smell! PDP are just looking for one way or d other to divert attention.
    We are not yet on state matter. We are still on arms deal (#Dasukigate#).
    We have arranged it (laugh): Arms deal first, follow by NNPC, Ministries, then we come down to State level.
    Am sure, Caretaker Mr. Wike would have been chased away by Supreme court.
    Gbam!

  10. How do you expect a guest to know how much was spent to entertain him? This Wike man is turning into a Wako. Refund my ass. Let’s see the legal way they will use to demand the refund.

  11. A good and timely lesson for bros Kongi on acceptance of Greek gift no matter how small or concealed (wrapped) to avoid the scare of mad dogs in future. Just like one imbecile raging from PH. So puerile and trying to hang on anything before crashing down.
    Wole Soyinka, pele pele o I beg. Don’t get your white robe soiled by politicians. That’s my message

  12. Wike, sharrapp deer. Ewu. It is a great source of pride to that criminal infested swamp for the state money to be spent on a reasonable cause like feting an icon like Soyinka. Something worth praising and celebrating.

  13. A governor or his AIDS that are not mischievous would have published details of what N82 million was spent on, who got what? Throwing around unfounded stories of how money was spent goes to no issue, let Wike and his boys publish documents showing Soyinla collected money from Amaechi, otherwise keep quiet and wait for the day of reckoning when everyone in Wike’s illegal occupation of government house will be swept off with shame and ignominy.

  14. Serious minded people will not even waste time listening to Wike, like Fayose, he is an attention seeking person.

  15. Let’s hope and pray that this pride of our nation – Prof. Wole Soyinka – does not get messed up in any dirty deal. Really, may it never be the case that this happened as reported here.

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