Group writes Dickson, past governors over huge budgetary spending, poor development in Bayelsa
A group, The Concerned Citizen of Bayelsa, has sent a letter to the Bayelsa state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson and past governors of the state on the need to give proper account of monies accrue to the state and the level of development under their administrations.
The letter by the group, which included the two acting governors, Hon. Wenipre Seibarugu and Hon. Nestor Binabo,warned that the group has compiled list of monies accrued under each administration from ecological fund, 13 per cent derivation money, the federal allocations, loans and bonds, deductions and others and warned that the reply from the incumbent and past governors will form part of a final report.
The letter, which was made public in Yenagoa, confirmed that the members of the group cut across the eight local government areas of the state including Lagos and Abuja.
The Coordinator of the group, Chief Perekeme Kpodo, in a statement issued via email said though each administration including Chief Timipre Sylva ,Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Seriake Dickson claimed to have invested huge amount in infrastructural development, “the state is still wearing a village look.”
Kpodoh, who commended the recent education, health and road project achievements made under the Governor Seriake Dickson, said the few achievements of the present and past governors is not commensurable to monies and loans accrue under each administration.
“We demand to know why the state is like this in spite of massive funds received by the state.
“After years of alleged spending, the state is still under developed unlike most states of the federation. The few development project sited are unevenly distributed. As a team,we are compiling the data on each administration and monies received. Their policies, development projects, spendings and loans. Let us compare and contrast.
“As we approach another election, some persons are making claims and we want to demand explanation. Enough is enough. We want answers .We want answers and explanation to spending of oil wind falls and bail out funds to the state.”
” The group is considering a sensitization rally in the state in order to compel compliance with demanded transparency and ensure that those found wanting are brought to book with notification filed before the anti-graft commission.”