A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Preye Aganaba, has challenged the Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, to tell Bayelsans what he did with N1.212,415,348.71 ecological funds received by his government between June 2015 and November 2017.
The APC chieftain was reacting to the statement by the governor, who during his visit to Odii landslide sites and victims, stated that the state was not benefiting from the Federal Government’s ecological fund.
A statement signed by his media aide, Kariebi Prekebena, said Dickson’s visit to the site of the tragic landslide would have been commendable if not for the misleading statements about the state not benefiting from the ecological fund.
He also berated the governor for saying that the Federal Government’s intervention agencies were not doing enough projects in the state.
He said, “It is understandable, if due to the busy schedule of Governor Dickson, he ends up not being fully briefed about the Federal Government interventions with regards to ecological challenges in the state.
“The response to Governor Dickson’s misleading statement about coastal communities not benefiting from the ecological fund is rather simple: Governor Dickson should tell Bayelsans what he did with N1.212,415,348.71 ecological funds received by the state government between June 2015 and November 2017.
“Governor Dickson should mention the number of coastal erosion control projects executed in the riverine communities adversely affected by ecological challenges in Bayelsa State under the period in review or in the past seven years of his administration.
“In a state like Bayelsa, largely made up of coastal communities where speed boats are patronised more than airplanes, the N60bn used to build the airport, would have changed the sad narrative in riverine communities.
“A completed Odi Shoreline Protection project is a triumph for the entire community and we urge others, regardless of political affiliation, to see it from that perspective.”
Aganaba, assured Odi indigenes of the Federal Government’s resolve and willingness to help and the eventual approval and award of contract for the shoreline project. – Punch
– Apr. 16, 2019 @ 9:59 GMT |