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Rivers State To Sue FG Over FAAC Deduction



The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that the state government would institute a legal action against the Federal Government. This is over the recent deduction of N11 billion from the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC).
Nyesom Wike has also disclosed that the state government would review the permit given to oil companies. As it affects Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown in Rivers. This he said as he confirmed that the state had recorded six new cases of COVID-19 virus.
He stated this at Government House, Port Harcourt, while giving update on Coronavirus. He also noted that government should stop politicizing topical issues.
Governor Nyesom Wike during the briefing, faulted Federal Government’s decision to withdraw N11 billion from FAAC without due consultation.
He stated that he was not against government releasing any fund  to any of  its agencies. But insisted that due process must be followed before the deduction.
He said that if you must take my money, you must let me know. My state is part of the states that contribute to that account.
Wike stated that “We’ll challenge it in court. I am not supporting the withdrawal. I have told the Chairman of Governors’ Forum that Rivers State will challenge the withdrawal”.

On the COVID-19 pandemic

Wike noted that security operatives manning the borders in the state had compromised. This he said had led to the number of positive cases in the Rivers.

According to the governor, out of the 13 cases recorded in Rivers, seven were returnees, while six did not have travel records.
He further stated that Rivers decided to inaugurate a Task Force on Border Closure to enforce strict compliance with the state government’s directives to stop people moving in and out of the state.
Wike commended the state COVID-19 Palliative Committee for the commitment it had  shown in the distribution of items aimed at  ensuring that the vulnerable in the society were not abandoned to suffer hardship.
He reiterated that his administration would take positive and possible steps to ensure Rivers people were protected from the ravaging COVID-19 scourge.

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