|Dep. Gov, Jonah left, Prof. Ekpebu. Gov.Dickson and HRH Daukoru|
The controversy of what the Bayelsa State Government wants to achieve under the Bayelsa Development Investment Corporation [BDIC] with a whooping loan of 6million Euros from the Polish Government is raising on as more questions are being asked for the government to explain.
The Government of the state had in a separate Press statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Daniel Iworiso and the Finance Commissioner, Mr. Iduate Iyabi had told the people of the state that the money was intended to bring development to the state through what they called a "MARITIME ACADEMY" in Okpoama.
This position of the government has been interpreted by aggrieved persons in the state as a ploy by Dickson to take the people of the state for granted thinking that nobody will say something or ask question on such serious issue as collecting loans worth N30billion from a foreign country with an agreement to be paid in 30 years. The Governor Seriake Dickson Restoration Team is said to be out to silence opposition in the state on the burning issue.
Speaking to the Golden Pen in the State capital, Yenagoa, Mr. Thomas Ibaremi a social analyst had said that it was unbelievable that the governor who had condemned past administrations over loan matters, and who promised Bayelsans of prudent financial management via monthly savings would pass through the back door to collect such a colossal amount of money as loan to bond the Ijaw people to Poland.
In his reaction, an unemployed graduate, who gave his name simply as Wonyikuro said he was disappointed with the vision of the state government under Dickson which had taken Bayelsa backward to an embarrassing level in the country. Hear him:
"This administration is a disgrace to the Ijaw man, because everything is happening in a negative way. Just this year, the governor constituted what he called, BAYELSA DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENT CORPORATION, with some elders who he said were to put the state on the fast lane of development economically, but contrary to expectation a jaw-breaking amount of N10billion was doled out to according to them secure offices in London and South/Africa to woo investors, which has brought nothing to the state...
Mr. Wonyikuro said Dickson should hold on to his integrity and stop dabbling into things that will make Bayelsans categorize him as a double speaker. He lasses on the State Assembly for jumping to the approval of the said controversial Polish loan, and called on the government to stop the deal forthwith, in the best interest of the masses.