June 11, 2009

Bayelsa Assembly holds emergency session over N3.1bn police fund

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Members of Bayelsa State House of Assembly yesterday temporarily cut short their recess to hold an emergence session for the approval of over N3.1billion for the funding of the state police barracks, government house duplexes and the canalization of the Okpoama Foreshore projects in the state.

The House of Assembly had last week gone on break at the end of its second legislative session.

Also included in the approved funding for the executive is the evacuation of refuse from the state capital, the building of the state park, the sand filling of Niger Delta University (NDU), the proper funding of the three football clubs in the state, Bayelsa United, Ocean Boys and Bayelsa Queens and the clearing of all drains in the state capital, Yenagoa.

Governor Timipre Sylva had last week written to the leadership of the assembly on the need for approval of the House for the spending of such amount for the listed projects not covered in the 2009 budget.

The governor in his letter to the House, stated that due to the present global economic meltdown, it had become imperative for the state to be prudent and judicious in the application of its scarce resources and reminded the House that the transfer of the requested expenditure will not add one kobo to the recently approved 2009 budget, but will greatly enhance the effective and efficient service delivery to the state.

According to a statement issued by the office of the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Mr. Thomas Peretu, the approval by the members of the House of Assembly came after a resolution taken on two separate letters written to the House by the state governor.

The resolution of the House, according to the office of the Special Adviser to the Speaker, came in two parts, with the first sum of N1.7million covering the three football clubs, the evacuation of refuse, the state park and clearing of drains, while the other part covered the remaining amount of N1.4billion.

He said members of the House, in their contributions on the floor of the House, agreed with the governor, noting that the prioritization and cost benefit analysis were the indices for assessing budget performance anywhere in the world.