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The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has described the N22 billion voted for the controversial Neighbourhood Watch in Rivers State by Governor Nyesom Wike as a misplaced priority.

He noted that Wike was yet to create any employment since he assumed office on May 29, 2015, but rather took more Rivers people down the poverty line, stressing that the N22 billion to procure arms and ammunition for his private militia would have ensured that many qualified youths of the state were meaningfully engaged.

Peterside, who was the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the 2015 election in Rivers, yesterday through his media team, stated that the Rivers governor was not prepared for governance.

At a time the British government issued an advisory for its nationals to be wary of visiting Rivers state, the NIMASA chief insisted that Wike lacked the vision and ideas to run a progressive and purposeful government.

The Rivers governor, while assenting to the neighborhood watch corps bill, maintained that operatives of the outfit would work with security agencies to provide intelligence, with a former Rivers police Spokesman, Dr. Uche Chukwuma, appointed as the Acting Director-General of the Neighbourhood Safety Agency.

Peterside, however, insisted that it was illegal and ran contrary to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, for the…



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