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Diri tasks FCC on representation of Bayelsa at federal level

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Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has lamented under-representation of the state at the federal level, insisting that if the imbalances affecting the state and other states are addressed, agitations will reduce significantly.

He stated this in Yenagoa when Executive Chairman of the Federal Character Commission (FCC), Dr. Muheeba Dankaka and her team visited Bayelsa, saying when he was in the House of Representatives he was a member of the FCC Committee where he observed the imbalances in federal placements.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Daniel Alabrah, disclosed that Governor Diri urged the Federal Character Commission to correct the imbalance and ensure that Bayelsa gets its due.

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Diri decried the situation where available vacancies at the federal level were not to the knowledge of the government and people of the state and charged the commission to inform the government about openings to enable the people take advantage of such opportunities.

He described the commission as crucial to the unity and stability of Nigeria given the numerous ethnic groups clamouring for justice.

Earlier, Dankaka stated that the commission was established to promote national unity and foster a sense of belonging among Nigerians.

She assured the governor that Bayelsa would get its fair share of federal jobs and amenities, noting that the commission was consulting widely to ensure that the federal character principle was also practiced at the state level.

MEANWHILE, the Sagbama Division of the Bayelsa State High Court, has granted bail to a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. John Idumange after he was arrested, charged to court and jailed in controversial circumstances.

His arrest and imprisonment came few days after he questioned the Bayelsa State government on social media in a case bordering on alleged government’s diversion of N3b agric loan from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) meant for farmers.

The presiding judge, Justice E. Umukoro, after hearing the bail application of counsel for the suspect, A.S. Arthur, granted Idumange bail on Monday.

The judge admitted the suspect to bail with N10m and a surety in like sum, adding that the surety must be a senior civil servant, among other conditions.

It was not clear when the matter would be heard in court since the police did not formally arraign him, but Idumange was taken to the Magistrates’ Court to be remanded to enable the police time to investigate his allegations against Governor Douye Diri’s administration.

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