All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State has described the new move by the Peoples Democratic Party administration under the leadership of Governor Douye Diri to obtain a huge sum loan to purchase operational vehicles as unaccepted.
News Nigeria learned that the Bayelsa State House of Assembly has approved the sum of N2.9 billion loan to Governor Diri’s administration to make the purchase of cars.
The move on Thursday was berated by the Publicity Secretary, Doifie Buokoribo, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa.
He said, “The decision of Sen. Diri to take a bank loan of N2.9 billion for the purpose of buying “operational vehicles for the governor, his deputy and other top government functionaries is regrettable.
Meanwhile, giving an update on the car purchase, the house of assembly speaker, Abraham Ingobere hinted that the loan which will be taken from commercial banks will span for a period of three years.
“The loan would be deployed to purchase operational vehicles for the governor, his deputy and top officials of Bayelsa government,” Ingobere hinted.
Reacting further to the loan request, Buokoribo noted that such a loan is not necessary at the time the government is yet struggling to meet outstanding obligations to civil servants and pensioners in the state.
He said, “Coming less than three weeks as governor, this move is unsympathetic. Sadly, the Bayelsa State House of Assembly has approved the loan request.”
“Diri is taking the loan at a time when civil servants and pensioners in the state have not been paid. This is a continuation of the frivolities of the PDP government of Dickson; a major reason the people of the state roundly rejected them at the poll.”
Buokoribo added, “This cannot be the government that the people of Bayelsa State deserve. It cannot be the government the people voted for”.
Meanwhile, in another news, Nigerian activist, Barrister Paul Edeh, on Wednesday accused the Supreme Court of stealing the mandate of Imo State people.