Dickson disagrees with Ijaw leader on mismanagement

Simon Utebor, Yenagoa

THE Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Seriake Dickson, has dismissed claims by the former President of the Ijaw National Congress, Prof. Kimse Okoko, that he (Dickson) mismanaged funds belonging to the state.

 Dickson challenged Okoko to tell Nigerians how he mismanaged state funds, describing the allegations against him as baseless.

 Okoko had on Tuesday accused the governor of mismanaging funds meant for the people of the state, alleging that despite the billions of naira received by the state as monthly allocation, the state had nothing to show for it.

But speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the governor stressed that he (Dickson) was known as a transparent and accountable man.

 He said, “He (Okoko) is an academic. He should tell us how the governor has mismanaged the funds of the state. Is it that governor put the funds in his private bank account? If that is the case, he should publish the private bank account.

 “That allegation is baseless. You cannot just wake up and say governor has mismanaged the resources of the state. In what area? This governor and government are known for transparency and accountability.

 “By virtue of the law put in place in the state, every month, we account to the people of the state every money that comes into the state and every money spent. He (Okoko) should not speak in the air; let him come out and speak.”

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