The Rivers State Government has declared that it will embark on a comprehensive biometric confirmation of all civil servants in the state as a measure to block all existing revenue leakages in the system.
The state government also announced that through the Bank Verification Number (BVN) validation of civil servants ordered by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, it has saved about N1 billion.
Commissioner for Information, Dr Austin Tam-George, while addressing journalists on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, said that the resolution to embark on the biometric confirmation exercise would enhance the financial management of the state.
The State Executive Council noted that the biometric verification will also confirm the actual population of civil servants in the state for effective planning.
Dr Austin Tam-George said that the comprehensive biometric verification exercise became necessary to boost the finances of the state as a result of the revenue constraints being experienced by the state .
The State Executive Council also resolved to hand over the Dr Graham Douglas Secondary in Khana Local Government Area to the Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, because of the need to put the school facilities to use after several months of neglect.
The school will now serve as a campus of the State Polytechnic.
Also in recent developments, following the lead-up to the March 19, 2016 rerun elections in the state, the National Working Committee NWC of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in a press statement on Wednesday, said that Rivers State under Governor Nyesom Wike has been transformed into a killing field.
The party’s NWC urged security agencies and other relevant bodies to note the latest string of “gruesome politically-motivated killings” targeted at APC members in Rivers State in the lead-up to the March 19, 2016 Rivers State rerun elections into the National Assembly and State House of Assembly.
There has been a recent spate of killings reported, as on Saturday night March 5, 2016, masked gunmen were reported to have shot dead the APC ward chairman in Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni council Franklin Obi and then beheaded him. The gunmen went ahead and killed his wife and 18-year-old son, Bestman.
Also four APC members were recently killed in Obibi, Etche Local Government Areas in Rivers State. Gabriel Cookey was clubbed to death in Opobo, Opobo/Nkoro councils. In the last two weeks, over 30 APC members have been killed in different parts of the state.
An APC stalwart in Buguma, Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, Ofinjite Amachree, was beaten up on Monday, March 7, 2016 and thereafter, set ablaze.