Rivers Recovers N2bn through Biometric Identification

  • Culprits will be prosecuted, says Wike
By Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the state has recovered about N2 billion through the biometric identification exercise embarked on by his administration.
He also said the state would conduct a forensic audit of the state salaries’ accounts after the biometric identification exercise to ensure transparency in that department.
Wike, who spoke on Tuesday when he granted audience to the leadership of the Rivers State Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), also said all those involved in defrauding the state of funds would be prosecuted accordingly.
He also announced that the state government would commence the rehabilitation of General Hospitals in the three Senatorial Districts of the state in two weeks’ time.
He said that the first phase of the rehabilitation of the general hospitals would involve six hospitals.
He said the administration was committed to improving secondary health care for the people, adding that in the next three years, 18 hospitals would have been rehabilitated.
Wike also said the state government would upgrade facilities at the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, Port Harcourt to serve as a teaching hospital for the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.