By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Governor Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa State, yesterday, said he was prepared to give account of his stewardship.

Sylva, at an interactive session with newsmen, said he feared nothing but God.

“I am always ready to give my report card because I have nothing to fear but God,” he declared, adding that his administration had done so much for the development of the state and should be appreciated instead of being vilified.

He cited the network of internal road projects embarked upon by his administration.

“My administration has built the largest number of roads ever undertaken by any government at once since the creation of Bayelsa – and, perhaps, all of Nigeria.

So far, 52 of these roads are there for all to see,” he declared, adding that his administration was the first to implement the Academic Staff Union of Universities agreed salary scheme in the federation.

On the economy of the state, Sylva said he had done everything possible to get the economy on its feet but disagreed with a suggestion that he should empower the people through release of financial packages.

The governor noted that whenever money was given to Bayelsans as some kind of empowerment package, they usually misused the funds hence he preferred “teaching them how to fish.”

Sylva said he was aware of some empowerment schemes embarked upon by his predecessors such as transport schemes but noted sadness that the beneficiaries converted the cars into private uses.

According to him, an empowerment package should be a kind of revolving scheme where the beneficiaries make returns that could be used to empower other people, which was not so in the state.

Governor Sylva also stated his determination to work harder for the development of the state through projects implementation especially roads by embarking and completing two road projects each month.

On the missile throwing incident, the governor said though they were aware of the plot, he ensured that many Bayelsans got into the Samson Siasia Sports Stadium to welcome President Goodluck Jonathan.

He explained that he felt the occasion of the president visiting his home state should not be politicised but the opposition seized the opportunity to embarrass the state and themselves before the entire world.


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