By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa â€” Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, yesterday, passed a vote of no confidence in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly.
IYC lamented that if the State House of Assembly had diligently carried out its oversight functions, situations in the state would not have been as bad as they were currently.
The youth body threatened to stage a public protest against what it described as bad governance in the state and failure of the Governor Timipre Sylva-led administration to deliver on its election promises to the people.
Secretary-General of the Ijaw Youth Council, Comrade Udengs Eradiri, stated this in Yenagoa during an interaction with newsmen.
His words: â€œIYC has passed a vote of no confidence in the leadership of the state House of Assembly for failure to direct the government accordingly and instill good leadership.â€
Lamenting the deplorable state of affairs in Bayelsa Eradiri said â€œGovernor Timipre Sylvaâ€™s government is in bondage and we are not happy over the political earthquakes sweeping across the state. No salaries for civil servants, the state lacks potable water and electricity.â€
He also accused the Bayelsa Executive Council as insensitive to the hardship facing Bayelsans, saying an average citizen in the state lived in abject poverty and fear due to the rising crime wave.
Call for town hall meeting
The IYC spokesman, therefore, called for the dissolution of the State Executive Council and also urged Governor Sylva to constitute a town hall meeting in Yenagoa to address alleged financial impropriety leveled at his administration as well as give critical account on how the state public funds are being utilised.
â€œThe Ijaw demands an answer to the alleged millions of Naira siphoned by the administration. The government should explain to Bayelsans critical issues bothering on the affairs of the state, particularly the alleged endemic fraud in the system.
â€œIYC demands for accountability, prudent management of the state resources and good governance in Bayelsa State,â€ Eradiri said.
Bayelsa State, the IYC scribe stated, is a total failure. He condemned what he described as the near break down of law and order in Yenagoa where residents lived in constant fear.
The IYC, Comrade Eradiri said, would soon embark on public protest against bad governance in the state and failure of Governor Sylva’s administration to deliver the dividends of democracy as promised.
â€œBayelsa State lacks potable water, good roads, secured employment and good governance for the average Ijaw,â€ he declared, lauding the media for highlighting the problems of the state.