The Rivers State Government has expressed surprised at news reports of a rift between Governor Chibuike Amaechi and members of the Rivers State House of Assembly, saying there is no such issue as the governor appreciate the strategic role of the state legislature in democracy.
A statement by the Commissioner of Information and Communications, Ibim Semenitari, in Port Harcourt, said governor Rotimi Amaechi, recognised too well the strategic role of lawmakers himself having served as Speaker in the state for 8years.
“Governor Amaechi holds members of the Rivers State House of Assembly in high regard. Having served in that same House for 8 years, he appreciates the strategic role of the Assembly in ensuring that
government is held accountable to its electorate and will work with them to guarantee the rights of all Rivers people,” the statement said.
Adding that, “the Rivers State Government also wishes to reiterate the fact that it is committed to paying civil servants their hard earned pay because it is their due and not a privilege.
“It is however important for government to confirm that it has paid salaries of its workers for the month of March and will very soon commence the payment of April salaries.
“Once again government wishes to appreciate the kind understanding of Rivers workers as it strives to ensure that it meets its obligations to them,” it added.