The Rivers State Government has emphasized that only the State House of Assembly has the right to investigate its financial activities.
The Commissioner for Information for the State, Barr. Emma Okah said this to Press shortly after appearing before the Joint Committee of the Rivers State House of Assembly auditing the financial activities of agencies and ministries.
The Commissioner also took time to urged all Ministries, agencies, MDAs and Commissions to appear before the Committee and account for the funds committed to them by the Rivers state government.
“There is no way democracy can wear a beautiful look without an entrenched accountability.” Okah said.
“You owe the people an explanation of how you spent their money and at a time when we are entering the season of politics, one of your strengths is your ability to let the people know that you are accountable. That is why I commend the Rivers State House of Assembly for carrying out their oversight function to show that they can bring the Executive to answer questions.”
“That is to show that it does not lie with the Federal government or any agency to try and take the responsibility of the State Assembly.” He said.
The Rivers state government has been in a running battle with the Federal government over alleged moves by the EFCC to investigate the financial activities of the State.