Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has suggested that Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi got a piece of the missing $20billion from the Excess Crude Account (ECA).
Okonjo-Iweala who was reacting to claims by governors that $20bn was missing in the ECA insinuated that if the governors continue to hold on their claim that the money is missing, it means, they shared off the money, which she noted was not missing at all.
In a statement issued by Mr Paul Nwabuikwu, spokesman for Okonjo-Iweala, she noted that Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, who was reported to have read the communique on behalf of the Governors Forum, made a similar unsubstantiated allegation in November 2013.
According to the statement, he alleged in November 2013 that five billion dollars was missing from the ECA.`
The statement said there was no basis for the forum to demand that the minister should account for such money from June 2013 to April 2015.
According to the statement, details of the ECA are also published every month along with the allocations to the three tiers of government.
It added that the reference to June 2013 was immaterial as FAAC meetings during which the ECA and similar issues were discussed held every month.
Source: PM News