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Fraud: EFCC Goes After TIMA-RIV Officials …Officials Risk Sack, Beg Staff

Going by the recent petition on the floor of the Rivers State House of Assembly against the authorities and officials of Rivers State Road Management Agency (TIMA-RIV), tension is said to have heightened at the Agency’s head office, as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC is set to visit the Agency over the alleged fraud.

The agency according to the petitioner and staff of the same agency Mr. David has been wallowing in fraud and favouritism at the detriment of the state and general public.

Little wonder, the agency had never refuted any of the several publications in the media against their mode of operations sicne inception. But as heads are about to roll, now admitted that the fifteen thousand naira monthly deductions on each staff salary have not been remitted to the state’s coffers due to administrative costs and other services in the agency, positing that the state government only releases grants to the agency since its establishment.

The Agency, The Newswriter gathered last Tuesday that officials of TIMA-RIV told their staff to be calm and go about their normal duty as things are been sorted out to ensure that the over sixty-seven million naira amounting from deductions was paid to the state accounts as staff taxes.

Our source close to the TIMA-RIV management said, news of EFCC visits to the Agency is not only threatening the management, but fear of sack of principal officials looms as officials scamper for safety.

TIMA-RIV is yet to officially respond to the petition on the floor of the State House of Assembly, but indications from the Assembly shows that all is not okay with the road management agency following the gravity of the petition and the unfolding events at the agency’s head office. ###

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