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You’re appointed to serve, Diri tells new commissioners

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Bayelsa faults FG on insolvency status

Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri has told new commissioners in the state that service to the people is the essence of their appointment.

The governor also charged them to work towards actualising the dreams of the state’s founding fathers. Speaking during the swearing-in of 24 new commissioners and the Special Adviser on Political Affairs at the Executive Council Chambers of Government House, Yenagoa, yesterday, Diri said they were assuming office at a difficult moment occasioned by COVID-19.He stressed that they would need to put in their best to meet the yearnings of Bayelsa people.

Acting Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as saying that the commissioners were carefully selected in recognition of their capabilities.

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The Bayelsa helmsman called on the new cabinet members to put the interest of the state above personal consideration and ensure that the prosperity agenda of his administration got to every nook and cranny of the state.

His words: “The expectations from you are naturally very high. With the inauguration of the executive council, you are expected to hit the ground running and put the necessary structures in place to fulfil the hopes and aspiration of our people. Be prudent with the management of scarce resources.”

IN another development, the state government has described as incorrect Federal Government’s categorisation of the state as insolvent due to its low Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR) profile.

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It restated its call for restructuring of the country to address the current lopsided federalism that denied states, particularly Bayelsa, the due revenue from the resources in their land and region.

Chairman of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Elias Mbam, while receiving the Annual States Viability Index (ASVI) from the Editor-in-Chief of Economic Confidential in his office in Abuja on Monday, stated that Bayelsa, Borno, Katsina, Kebbi and Taraba states had become insolvent because of their “extremely poor IGR” performance in 2019.

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Faulting the report, the Technical Adviser to the Bayelsa Governor on Treasury, Accounts and Revenue, Mr. Timipre Seipulou, said the state was not financially insolvent.

Seipulou stated this in Yenagoa yesterday while presenting the income and expenditure profile of the state for the months of May, June and July 2020.

A release by Alabrah quoted the governor as saying that the actual problem was in the lopsided nature of the country’s funding structure.

He contended that the Federal Government allocated 54 per cent of federal revenue to itself, leaving the states with a little over 20 per cent to share.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Orientation, Chief Freston Akpor, applauded Diri’s administration for prudent management of resources of the state, even in the face of the pandemic.

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