Minister of Transportation Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi restated yesterday that he ran a transparent government as Rivers State governor.
He also said he did not receive over N3 trillion naira revenue as alleged by Governor Nyesom Wike, adding that Wike has failed to prove the allegation of corruption levelled against him.
Amaechi spoke at a stakeholders’ forum on corruption organised by the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja.
He said Rivers State became the first to implement the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) Act in Nigeria during his tenure.
He said: “The State executive used to call the Director General of Public Procurement in the state as an alternative governor and that they wanted an amendment to that law. The reason they wanted amendment is that he (DG) refused to increase the threshold to N100m per ministry, instead he reduced it to N10 million naira.
Amaechi said transparency in the use of public funds was key to his administration as governor, noting that the Rivers community was fully briefed periodically on how funds were been utilised.
“The governor of Rivers State said I squandered N3trillion naira. I did not receive up to N1.8 trillion as governor both from IGR and funds from federal allocation. So, how could I have squandered money I did not even receive in the first place? You can see the politics of lies and lies,” he said.