From Tayese Mike, Yenagoa
A Pressure group, Save our Unity and Nascent Democracy (SOUND) has asked the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri to make available the financial and audited report of the state’s Account
The group said, Diri who took over a month ago, affairs of the state from his predecessor, Henry Seriake Dickson has not giving any financial report to the people of the state.
It said this was in violation of the Transparency and Accountability law of the state.
SOUND described as disservice and height of deception, for the former Governor, Seriake Dickson that prides his Restoration led government as transparent but failed to give a transparency briefing on what his administration was leaving behind for the Diri – led consolidation for prosperity government.
SOUND in a statement by its coordinator, Prince Amiekumor Junior says it was expected that the out gone governor, Seriake Dickson would have complimented his monthly transparency briefing to explain to Bayelsans how the over N1.7trilion received under his watch for 8yrs was spent and what was left in the treasury.
While commending Governor Diri for the payment of owed workers salaries by his predecessor, the controversial N2.9 billion car loan approved by the Bayelsa state House of Assembly for the governor coming at a moment the new government was just settling down to governance speaks volumes for the financial posture of the state.
The group also kicked against the continued representation of the former Commissioner of finance to attend FAAC meeting in Abuja, when there was an Accountant General and Permanent Secretary of the Finance Ministry.
On Covid 19, the group used the medium to call on the Governor to walk the talk by providing palliatives to the people of the state and called on corperate bodies and politicians such as the former governor Seriake Dickson, Minister of State for petroleum, Timipre Sylva, Mr Timi Alaibe, Chief David Lyon, Kenebi Okoko amongst other politicians to identify with the government and the people in protecting them against the spread of the virus.