Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson on Friday re-affirmed his commitment to re-positioning the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), ahead 2019, warning opposition parties in the state against peddling his name in a bid to seek political relevance.
Making his stand known at the monthly media transparency briefing in Yenagoa, Hon. Dickson expressed his readiness to join hands with other critical stakeholders to rebuild the party.
The governor, who took exception to the unwholesome practice whereby some individuals resort to cheap blackmail and propaganda to further their political interests in the state, said the PDP would no longer condone indiscipline and disloyalty from members.
According to him, “all the kinds of characters I have been tolerating, those days are gone. This is a new order. Most of the so-called people in Abuja from this state are major beneficiaries of our restoration government.
‘If you have power, use it for the good for our state. A number of them have big contracts, which were given to them; which they have abandoned. And very soon, I am going to tell our people who most of those characters are. I hereby announce the cancellation of the contract for the construction of a model hospital in Kaiama that our government awarded to the company nominated by Hon. Waripamowei Dudafa, which he has abandoned. The Commissioner for Health will re-award it to someone who will complete it. Also the contract awarded to Hon. Bekes Etifa is hereby terminated and the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure should re-award it.
‘It is only our own politicians, who when they leave here for Abuja, don’t know that they have an obligation to support the home government. They think that development is only a matter for the government to do. And even as a government, we are trying our best to change our state in a way they cannot ever imagine. What do they do? They stay afar and throw stones. They engage in blackmail and spread propaganda.
‘With this development the contracts awarded to the Special Adviser on Domestic Matters to President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Dudafa Waripamowei and former Commissioner on Youth and Conflict Resolution, Chief Bekes Etifa have been revoked over non-performance.
In spite of the economic depression in the country, the Governor assured the people that the government would continue to meet its financial obligation, including the payment of workers’ monthly salaries and allowances.
In compliance with his words, Hon Dickson gave the assurance that, the salaries of workers for this month would be paid next week Monday.
This is just as he directed the leadership of the state chapter of the National Union of local Government Employees (NULGE) to liaise with local government chairmen to ensure payment of salaries to workers at the third tier.
According to him, in this month, very few states will be able to meet their salary obligations because of the terrible low allocation from the federation account. And even with our low Internally Generated Revenue base, we, (economic team) are working round the clock, making necessary sacrifices and now we are in a position to meet our salary wage obligation.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State