Bayelsa Govt. Denies Purchasing Cars For Political Appointees

Bayelsa, Cars, Political AppointeesBayelsa State Government has debunked the reports that bought official cars for political appointees in the state.

The government stated that there was no truth whatsoever in the reports and called on the public to disregard the claims.

The declaration was made in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seriake Dickson, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson.

The statement revealed that the purchase of the said vehicles only covered the state-owned security outfit ‘Operation Doo Akpo’, in order to rejuvenate and boost its functions and improve security in Bayelsa State, especially within Yenagoa and its environs.

Mr Iworiso-Markson said that the payment for the vehicles, which was spread over a long period of time, would be deducted monthly from the beneficiaries, as against the widely spread notion that the government dished out three billion naira to buy official cars for Assembly members and political appointees.

No Arrangement To Buy New Cars

“The Government is not in a good financial standing to buy cars for the use of its functionaries.

“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”, he said.

The governor’s spokesman, however, explained 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 Dickson’s commitment to running a transparent system, adding that the welfare of workers and the citizenry remains topmost priority.

New Adamawa Leadership Sacks Political Appointees

Umaru Fintiri
Umaru Fintiri promised to resolve issues of outstanding salaries during his first speech as the Acting Governor

All political appointees in Adamawa State including commissioners, special adviser, principal special assistants and special assistants have been relieved of their appointments. 

This is coming a day after the State House of Assembly impeached the governor, Admiral Murtala Nyako on allegations of financial impropriety against him and his deputy.

A statement signed by the newly appointed Secretary to the State Government, Proffesor Abdullahi Liman Tukur, said that all the appointees were directed to hand over all government properties in their custody to the various permanent secretaries.

The statement further directed all permanent secretaries to take full charge of all government assets in their respective ministries.

After the impeachment of the governor, the speaker of the House of Assembly, Umaru Fintiri, was sworn-in as the Acting Governor while the deputy speaker took over as the Speaker of the Assembly.

In a speech after his swearing in, the acting governor promised to pay civil servants their outstanding two months salaries.

One of Fintiri’s first task will be to sustain the peaceful atmosphere presently witnessed in the state after series of attacks by members of the Boko Haram sect terrorising states in the north east.

He urged the state’s indigenes to refrain from acts that could disrupt the peaceful atmosphere prevailing in the state.

Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states are under an emergency rule that has lasted for over one year due to the insurgency in the region which the Nigerian Armed Forces are tackling at the moment.