….. says vehicles for security, lawmakers are procured on hire-purchase/lease basis
The Bayelsa State Government has debunked reports that, it has bought official cars for political appointees as alleged by some media reports, pointing out that, there is no truth whatsoever in the report and it should be disregarded.
A Government House statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson explained that, the purchase of said vehicles only covered the State owned security outfit ‘Operation Doo Akpo’ to rejuvenate and boost its functions and improve security in the State, especially within Yenagoa and its environs.
According to him, the payment for the vehicles, which has been spread over a long period of time will be deducted monthly from the beneficiaries, as against the widely spread notion that, the Government has dished out Three Billion Naira to buy official cars for assembly members and political appointees.
It notes that, the Government is not in a good financial standing to buy cars for the use of its functionaries, stressing that, even the state Governor has remained with the same set of vehicles that were procured in 2012/13, and no arrangement has been made to buy new cars, in view of the state of the finances of the Government.
It must, however, be stated that, as lawmakers and like their counterparts at the Federal level and other States, they need cars to function and perform their duties as representatives of the people, stressing that, it has always been the practice and not new to Bayelsa.
The statement restated Governor Seriake Dickson’s commitment to running a transparent system, where the welfare of workers and the citizenry remains top most priority. It is therefore not true that government is owing six months salary of workers, as alleged in some of the media reports, rather government is making conscious efforts to clear all outstanding salaries and has even gone ahead to pay in full the salary for the month of January.
The statement advised the media and persons spreading the unfounded rumour to cross-check their facts for the overall interest of the Government, the workers and the entire people of the State.
Release by Macson Iworiso
Chief Press Secretary to Bayelsa State governor