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Bayelsa: Dickson Yet To Present 2016 Appropriation Bill To Assembly

Posted: Jan 13, 2016 at 5:49 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma,Yenagoa

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, is yet to present  Bayelsa State Appropriation Bill for the 2016 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly, a situation that is already generating concerns in some quarters.

A concerned resident who preferred anonymity for fear of being attacked, on Wednesday, attributed the non-presentation of the 2016 budget to the re-election politics of Dickson.

But a competent source  in the corridors of power in Yenagoa, who also did not want to be named, said “the Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs) were still preparing their sectoral budgets”

“As soon as they are done, and I’m sure they will be ready very soon, the budget will be compiled and sent to the governor to forward same to the House of Assembly”, he said.

Already, the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state had taken the governor to task, accusing him of abandoning governance for politics.

Investigation showed that in April 2012, two months after he was inaugurated as Governor of Bayelsa, Dickson presented the state’s N217.58billion Appropriation Bill christened “Budget of Restoration” to the Assembly for consideration.

He had requested to withdraw the initial N228billion Appropriation Bill for 2012 earlier presented by former Governor Timipre Sylva in September 2011.

In December 2012, Dickson submitted the Appropriation Bill of N285.930 billion christened “Budget of Consolidation” for the 2013 fiscal year to the Assembly for debate.

For the 2014 fiscal year, the governor presented the budget titled “Budget for Further Consolidation” to the Assembly for consideration in December 2013.

He also in December 2014 presented the 2015 budget of N251billion called “Budget of Completion” to the Assembly for debate.

The APC had advised the governor to live up to government’s responsibility to cater for the security and welfare of the people as obligated by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,1999, as amended.

Efforts to get the comments of the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Esueme Dan-Kikile, and the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, proved abortive as they did not respond to enquires by our correspondent at press time on Wednesday.