Gov Henry Seriake Dickson Dissociates Self From Removal of 5 Indicted LGA Chairmen
Contrary to insinuations and ill-informed reports making the round that the five sacked LGA Chairmen had the backing of the executive arm, it is pertinent to state that the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, had no hand in the matter. It also smirks of mischief for anyone to insinuate that the five sacked chairmen were removed because of their loyalty to the former governor, Timipre Sylva.
The truth is that the State House of Assembly, which is a distinct and separate arm of government, simply acted based on the powers vested in it by the constitution to carry out its legitimate oversight responsibility on that arm of government. The house is constitutionally empowered to look into the activities of local government administration in the state. So the decision taken by the State House of Assembly to recommend the removal of the five indicted council chairmen, we believe came about, as a direct fallout of the recent public probe conducted by the house. So clearly, the executive arm had nothing to do with the removal of the five chairmen.
Upon their removal, it was incumbent on government to immediately swear in the Vice Chairmen of the five affected local government since we cannot afford to have a vacuum.
Importantly, we like to state that His Excellency, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, being a parliamentarian himself, recognizes and respect the independence of each arm of government. Hence, he will continue to work with all arms of government in pursuit of good governance anchored on transparency and integrity.
Chief Press Secretary