This Day newspaper rates Bayelsa Governor Dickson worst performing in the Niger Delta
Of all the Governors of the four major oil producing States in the Niger Delta that receive the 13 percent derivation, Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has been rated the worst performing by a leading national newspaper, This Day. These States are Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers.
In its midterm assessment of the governors, to mark the 2017 Democracy Day, ThisDay rated the other three governors very highly while Dickson was awarded the yellow marker, an insignia for pale and opaque performance.
Dickson’s lacklustre performance recently came to the fore following his recent criticism of former President Goodluck Jonathan who he accused of having disappointed the Ijaw nation. Critics and some Niger Delta ethnic association have ever since descended on him, accusing him of playing dirty local politics, profligacy, wastefulness and
unnecessary grandstanding, while the good people of Bayelsa continue to suffer in silence from Dickson’s lack of vision and poor governance.
In painting a picture of awful performance This Day described Bayelsa as a laggard and lamented that “Dickson has struggled to pay the salaries of workers and pensioners” despite the relatively huge earnings from the federal allocations.
Bayelsa really remains the only state out of these big four high earning states that isowing workers salaries. It is also true that while neighbouring states like Rivers are commissioning new projects everyday, Dickson’s Bayelsa has nothing to showcase.
In the rating of the 36 State Governors by This Day tagged ‘Street Lights, Street Views’ published Monday the governors of the three states of Delta, Rivers and Akwa Ibom performed excellently well and were described as governors “with clear vision and promising start.” In the case of Dickson, he was described in the report as a governor with “no clear vision.”
The report said further said of Governor Dickson and his Bayelsa State: “Of the four major oil producing states in the country, Bayelsa continues to remain the laggard in all spheres of development.”
Meanwhile the Save Ijaw Nation has asked the Governor of Bayelsa State, Honorable Henry Seraike Dickson, to give account of how He has managed the huge allocations, accrued to the State under the five years of his administration in the State.
The group said the Governor Dickson’s administration have shown a total lack of capacity and integrity to judiciously utilize state funds, as the government has failed to show sufficient performance commensurate with the several funds received by the state as monthly allocation from the federal government.
“Ordinarily, if the performance of the present administration were anything to go with identifiable physical infrastructure, some of us would not have raised any concern about the manner in which the state is being currently ran”, the group said in their statement which was signed by the Bayelse State Coordinator, Comrade Otobo Osborn
“But we are worried that a government with a track record of profligacy, ineptitude and visionlessness, has continued to plunge Bayelsa funds down the drain again without noticeable and meaningful development in the state.”
The group challenged Governor Dickson to tell the people of Bayelsa state what it has done with the billions of monthly revenue from the federation account and those accruable to the local government councils in the last five years.
“We are talking about a total sum of money accruable to the state in five years and there is absolutely nothing to show for it. When you add internally generated revenue, the total accruable revenue will be unimaginable. What exactly is the relative social and physical infrastructural achievement of the Dickson’s administration?
Despite the huge revenue of the government, the statement continued, salaries are not being paid as at when due to state civil servants and local government employees. “It is clear to everyone in the state that public resources are being looted and mismanaged on a scale never seen before” the statement concluded.