A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, has cautioned the Bayelsa state Governor Seriake Dickson against frequent trips outside the state, saying the trips are wasteful and affecting issues of good governance in the state.
According to Kpodoh, though Governor Dickson needed to partner and liaise with investors and politicians for the good of the state, the recent rise in his trips outside the state has not attracted any investors and development but rendered the state government activity dead and the people in a state of confusion.
Kpodoh, who is a chieftain of APC in Sagbama local government council and former security adviser to the state, said Dickson’s decision to abandon the state and junket outside showed that he has lost touch with realities of governance.
According to him: “These frequent travels are without benefits. We can count how many days he has travelled. Many issues needed attention in Bayelsa. Look at the Isaac Boroh expressway project. Is that the way Julius Berger works? It is poor and slow, it is becoming a death trap at night for residents driving along the road
“Everybody is complaining of Sylva and late Alameiseigha travelling pattern. Governor Dickson has traveled more than both of them combined. We want a governor that will focus on development and not junkering around the country in the name of politics and shut down government businesses and accounting.
“if he is around, the issue of rising complaint among workers of the state civil service would have been looked into. Workers are crying that their salary packages are being mutilated through illegal deductions. What is happening? Do Bayelsa workers not deserving of true wages?”
On the recent alleged wasteful spending of monies accruing to the state, Kpodoh noted that in line with a new data released by the Bureau of Public Service on the number of state workforce and the recorded allocation of between 14 to 17billion naira, the state would have done much in the area of practical development.
“Unlike the past administration, the ongoing controversial reforms have saved money for the present administration but without proper utilisation. We are talking about is that if the monies are judiciously used, the State would have witnessed massive and proper development. Every Bayelsa would have benefitted.
“Bayelsa people have been patient with reforms and the figures released monthly as allocation. But they are not benefiting. If most projects are done through direct Labour, it would have solved issues of unemployment and rising insecurity.”
Kpodoh reiterated that a coalition of politicians and civil activists are still collating facts and figures on the spending of State funds and projects purportedly embarked upon by the State Government. ”
Chief Kpodoh also expressed the concern that the absence of the State Governor has rendered issue of security to a deep with rising cases of violent crimes.