Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (centre) cross checking a document during the 16th edition of the state monthly transparency initiative press briefing at Government House in Yenagoa, while the State Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah rtd, (left) and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Accounts and Treasury, Mr. Timipre Seipulo (right) look on.
Dickson says drop in revenue allocation is not a threat to development.
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson says his administration
will continue to meet its financial obligations including payment of
salaries, execution and completion of developmental projects, in spite
of the drop in the allocations to the state from the Federation
Giving the assurance at the monthly Transparency briefing for the
months of July and August at the State Banquet Hall, Yenagoa on
Monday, the Governor said the drop in allocation was not peculiar to
the state alone but the state is worst hit because of its low
Internally Generated Revenue base.
However, the governor assured that this development would not affect
his administration’s development agenda, especially in the area of
human and capacity building.
According to him, ‘all the projects embarked upon by the present
administration will be completed while new ones will be embarked upon
and this will not stop until all the communities in the state feel the
impact of the government.
‘Bayelsa state is on course in spite of the nationwide drop in revenue
allocation. The state is still meeting up its salaries and contractual
obligations, though not at the pace we actually wanted.
Explaining the shortfall in the revenue allocation, the governor
stated, ‘in July and August, the shortfall is almost two billion naira
and it has been consistently so for the past two years. Though it is
nationwide, Bayelsa state is worst hit because of its low IGR base and
as if that is not enough, we have also paid one hundred and thirty
seven million naira to a neighbouring state as refund for an
overpayment to a previous administration but we shall surely get over
this trying time.
On the security situation in the State, Hon. Dickson expressed sadness
over the few kidnap cases recorded in some part of the state recently.
While assuring people of the state of the administration commitment
towards keeping Bayelsa safe for residents, business and other
socio-economic activities, the Governor warned perpetrators of such
nefarious activities to steer clear of the state as security
operatives are on red alert.
According to him, some suspects have already been apprehended in
connection with the abduction and murder of an octogenarian in Brass
local government area of the State.
On the highly dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, the Governor allayed the
fear over the spread of the disease, adding that, there is no single
case of Ebola in Bayelsa. All the wards in the isolated centres are
empty. We thank God for that.
He, however, advised the people to report any case of Ebola to the
designated centres, adding that, this is not the time to visit prayer
warriors or herbalists. Ebola is not a death sentence. It can be taken
care of when discovered and attended to promptly.
The danger is when victims hide themselves and by doing so endanger
lives of other people.