Governor Seriake Dickson
By Segun James
Bayelsa State Government has said N3 billion has been paid as part of a total sum of N31 billion, which it awarded the construction of the Yenagoa- Oporoma road to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).
The state government made the clarification following the insinuations that it had paid a sum of N3 billion to the construction firm for only site clearing.
But in a statement by Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Seriake Dickson, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the state government explained that N3 billion was not meant for site clearing for the road.
The statement said CCECC put in a bid for the contract alongside other notable firms and after going through the tender process, including Due-Process scrutiny and assessment was awarded the contract for the entire road.
The statement therefore clarified that site clearing was never awarded as a separate contract to the construction firm as was reported in the media.
Similarly, it noted that the present administration did not spend N403 million to purchase vehicles for top government functionaries as was also reported in the press.
According to the statement, the vehicles in question were actually meant for the State Protocol Services to be established soon and not top government functionaries.
He urged journalists in the state to properly clarify information, especially when it has to do with figures in order not to misinform the public and misrepresent government’s real intentions and plans for the people.
It said transparency, accountability and prudence will continue to be guiding principles of the administration, reaffirming Dickson’s commitment to the full implementation of the restoration agenda of the state government.
As contained in the statement, the state government therefore called on Bayelsa residents and indigenes to remain supportive and pray after for the state government.