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Bayelsa withholds Kolo Creek Nov allocation

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa — Bayelsa State government has directed that the November allocation of Kolo Creek Development Authority be withheld over alleged failure of the authority to produce list of projects claimed to have been executed.

The government also frowned at the standard of the motor park and twenty blocks of classrooms listed as projects executed by Ogbia Local Government Council.

Commissioner for Local Government and Community Development, Mr. Waripa-mowei Dudafa, disclosed the position of the government.

after his tour of Ogbia council area and Kolo Creek Development Authority, described the projects in the area as substandard.

Though the commissioner said few council chairmen distinguished themselves in the area of development, he, however, expressed the state government’s displeasure at the performance of the local government administration in the state.

To this end, the commissioner, whose ministry supervises the local government in the state, ordered that the November allocation of Kolo Creek Development Authority be withheld, while Chairman of Ogbia Development Authority, Mr. Justice Bello, was given a failed mark in the area of development.

The commissioner, a former member of the State House of Assembly, was shocked to discover that the Development Authority Chairman, Mr. Goodnews Mackleen, was not on ground to conduct ministry officials on the tour and the list of projects purportedly listed as executed could not be produced by the authority’s Head of Personnel.

He, therefore, warned council authorities in the state of the state government’s commitment to grass root development and fiscal accountability, adding that the state government will not hesitate to discipline any erring council officials and report to the Local Government Service Commission.

“The action of the local development authorities are shocking and the ministry will not fold its arms and see that they are not working in tandem with the state.

“ The project verification exercise is not to witch hunt anyone but intended for the local authority to be encouraged to key into the state government’s policy trust of developing the grass root,” he said.

In another development, Action Congress (AC) in Bayelsa State yesterday condemned weekend attack on the country home of the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by unknown gunmen, warning that the trend, if not checked, could send wrong signals to the outside world that the state was not safe.

The party also pleaded with President Umaru Yar’Adua and Vice President Goodluck Jonathan to wade into the crisis rocking the state chapter of the PDP, stressing that the weekend attack and others against oppositions in the state was causing insecurity and fear in the state.

The Action Congress (AC) leaders in a statement issued yesterday and signed by the State Acting Chairman, Comrade Ebikibina Miriki, said the attack on the State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Rufus Abadi, is condemnable and a Gestapo plan by the ruling party to unleash terror and cause political crisis in the state.


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