Ijaw stakeholders under the aegis of G24 Embasara Foundation, yesterday presented a draft of the code of ethics and leadership qualities aspiring successors of Governor Seriake Dickson in 2020 must possess.
The draft, titled, “Ijaw Nation Code of Ethics, Leadership and Governance,” and presented by the former state commissioner of Environment, Mr. Iniruo Wills, outlined that the next governor and other elected political officers in the state must declare their assets and adopt participatory governance. It also includes the audit of government account by selected Ijaw leaders.
The stakeholders, made up of politicians, former political office holders, youth groups and elders under the Ijaw Elders Forum agreed that the successor to Governor Dickson and other elected officers must adhere to the code of ethics for good governance In the state.
Speaking at the one day summit convened by the non-partisan group known as G24 Embasara Foundation, in Yenagoa, the chairman of the event, Chief Amba Ambaiowei, attributed the uncoordinated issue of governance and development to the failure of the elected officers to follow a laid down code of conduct.
“It is known all over the state that our politicians and political leaders are the cause of our woes. They introduced several serious social ills into our society namely election violence with rigging, militancy, kidnapping and fraudulent mismanagement of our resources.”
Chief Amba Ambaiowei, alleged that politicians in the state are responsible for disrupting the peace in the communities in their desperate bid to win elections. “They recruit and mobilise supporters especially the youths who are abandoned after elections. In return, these youths now vent their disappointment and frustrations on the public, resulting in militancy, kidnaping and other vices,” he added.
He also accused the politicians of mismanaging the state’s resources and live ostentatious life style while abandoning development, thereby attracting public hatred and rebuke. “Our legislator fail to play the expected role of team work with their respective constituencies in evolving developmental objectives,” he added.
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