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Bayelsans warned against derailing govt’s devt programme

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Bayelsans have been enjoined not to do anything that would run contrary to the aspirations of Bayelsa State Government to effectively harness the human and infrastructural resources towards the development of the state.
The Coordinator of a socio-political organization, Movement for Good Governance in Bayelsa, Dr. George Fente, who gave the charge, said that what the state needed now was unity of purpose to fast track the human and infrastructural development of the state.

Dr. Fente, who was the immediate past Political Adviser to Governor Timipre Sylva, was reacting to the purported Bayelsa elders’ forum held weekend in Port Harcourt as a counter to the state government’s earlier organized stakeholders meeting in Yenagoa.

The former political adviser noted that it was wrong for some political elders to work against the general interest of the state in the name of playing politics, and wondered why they should allow self interest to override the interest of Bayelsa as a state and her citizens.

Dr. Fente aligned his socio political organization with the desire of the state government to go to the stock market for bond, noting that the attendant militant effects on the state’s resources had necessitated the bond.

He enumerated the various developmental strides of the state government adding that with the dwindling federal allocation to the state, there was no way the state could achieve the socio-human development obligations to the people without going for the bond.

According to him, it was wrong for a group of people to gather in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, under the guise of Abuja politicians, to rubbish Governor Sylva, describing any such meeting outside the territory of Bayelsa State as illegal, null and void and of no effect.

Meanwhile a pressure group, Dream Bayelsa, has called on the state government to rescind its plan of going to the capital marker to float bond.

The group in a statement signed by Amaebimowei Clarkson and Kimiyezuogha Conika, chairman and secretary respectively, said the decision of the stakeholders that met in Yenagoa weekend endorsing the state government’s plan to float bond at the capital market did not represent the view of the people.

“As equal stakeholders in the Bayelsa Project, we make bold to state that the N100bn bond of bondage is not our portion. The rented stakeholders did not represent the people of Bayelsa.

“Bayelsans individually or collectively did not and will never endorse this mortgage of generations of unborn Bayelsans by this administration. We call on all progressive Bayelsans both within and outside the state to reject the bond in its entirety,” the group stated.

As part of its opposition to the bond, the group said, it has commenced the collation of one million signatories of Bayelsans against the loan adding that an all progressive stakeholders meeting will be held at the state house of assembly to impress it upon the lawmakers not to rectify the bond.

“Rectification of previous loans by the state assembly leaves much to be desired. We therefore urge all Bayelsans to be vigilant and impress it on their representatives to reject the bond,” the group pleaded.


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