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‘Ex-governor spent N9bn on imaginary hospital,’ Rivers probe committee says

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The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike to probe his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi has accused the latter of spending N9.530 billion on a non-existent hospital.

The allegation was made by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Sir Somiari Isaac on Thursday, September 10, 2015.

Isaac claimed that Amaechi spent separate sums of $30.2million and N3.49billion to build the Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte Hospital, which has remained unconstructed.

“I have visited the proposed site of the Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte Specialist Hospital. I was very disappointed. I saw prefabricated buildings, containers and equipment. There is no concrete structure at the site,” Isaac said according to ThisDay.

“I also saw about five or six trucks that have been vandalised at the sight. Their engines, tyres or doors have been removed. I felt so sad. The destruction of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching (UPTH) at Old Port Township, was a very wasteful exercise considering how much that have been spent on the project,” he added.

Wike and Amaechi have been involved in a war of words over the probe which the latter has described as a witch-hunt.

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