THE administration of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has raised the alarm over what its described as “inflammatory statements and falsehoods being propagated by mischief makers” to incite the people against the administration.
However, the government warned that no amount of blackmail would deter the government from its responsibility to the people.
Jonathan Obuebite, commissioner for Information and Orientation, who made the allegations after the State Executive Council meeting in Government House, Yenagoa, said the council expressed deep concern over the rumours being peddled by some prominent Bayelsans to malign the Dickson administration, adding that they had criticised every activity of the government to promote their selfish political interests.
Obuebite said: “Council is condemning the activities of some Bayelsans that will from time to time, go out and issue statements that are not true, just to incite the populace against the government. We want to call on Bayelsans not to believe them. All through their lives, some of them have been dependent on the government; some of them have held different positions within and outside the government.
“Some of them have even held positions in very respected institutions and speaking for us as a people. But, in recent times, they have decided to condemn every activity of the government and also spreading falsehood. This is a very transparent government and there is no money to share to anybody.
“No amount of blackmail will make this government change its ways and share money to people that do not deserve it. Bayelsans need development and we want to use the resources of this state to develop Bayelsa for our future, so that our children will benefit from the foundation that we are laying today.”
According to him, while the government is open to constructive criticisms on its policies and programmes, it will not succumb to any form of blackmail or propaganda by persons, who do not have the interest of the state at heart.
Obuebite said the council had directed local government chairmen to abide by the Income and Expenditure Transparency Law, by making public funds accruing to the councils from the federation accounts, towards promoting accountability and good governance.
He reiterated that Dickson had never tampered with funds allocated to the third tier of government, since 2012, stressing that, the state government had rather, been supportive of local governments with the payment of 60 percent of primary school teachers’ salaries.
— Aug 26, 2016 @ 18:30 GMT