Elders and Tradition Rulers from the existing Eight Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State yesterday described as “misplaced” and “mischievous,” the position of critics on the style of governance and policies of the present administration of Governor Seriake Dickson in the state.
According to the Bayelsa Elders, though the people of the State are free to express constructive and fair opinion about governance in the State, the recent critism by the opposition groups led by a former President of Ijaw National Congress (INC), Prof. Kimse Okoko, is mischievous and meant to destroy the genuine intentions of government.
The Bayelsa Elders, under the aegis of the socio-cultural organisation known as the Bayelsa Elders Forum, has advised a former President of Ijaw National Congress (INC), Prof. Kimse Okoko, and warned the opposition to avoid mischief and destruction of genuine intentions of government.
According to the Elders, in a statement signed by the President of the group, Elder Ebi Johnson Wariowe, entitled: “Prof. Kimse Okoko: Army of Propaganda and Hate” the chiefs, stated that “The former Ijaw National Congress (INC) President did betray his emotion by attempting to rubbish the governor as his harsh tone accentuated that assertion. We hold our peace knowing that he left a disunited INC for which he has done nothing to repair”.
“As an elder statesman we would have loved to ignore him because of respect for his age the gibberish he spewed in the said interview but we have decided not to. Our reaction is mainly to correct every wrong impression he has created. Okoko claimed that there is no development in Bayelsa State today. This is certainly a lie.
“We are happy that he acknowledged the fact that the state has a very minimal IGR. However this has slightly improved looking at the figures announced in the last Transparency Briefing (which is in fact a positive development) but we are perplexed that Okoko could shamelessly argue that the government received over 19 billion naira as overall allocation for the month of June from FAAC. The true allocation to the state for which the state government has openly and repeatedly pronounced can be viewed on the state website (Bayelsawatch) as well as the website of the Federal ministry of finance”.