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Dickson’s transparency briefing turns hide and seek game


Governor Dickson of Bayelsa state Monthly Transparency Briefing, which was one of the pillars of his administration has turned to hide and seek game, investigation reveals.
It is said that the governor who initiated the transparency platform after three months of swearing-in during his first tenure, had sent a bill to the state House of Assembly for its approval.
Reports say, the state law makers endorsed the bill and passed it into law, thereby making the governor to brief the people of the state with its current financial standing at every month end.
Governor Dickson has since then, carried out the monthly transparency briefing to give account of the state allocations coming from the federation account including the internally generated revenue and repayments of bank loans and debts incurred by previous administrations.
To this end, hundreds of thousands of Bayelsans commended him for the transparent manner he gives the financial profile of the state funds. At times, he used to invite important personalities from outside the state to attend the show with full glare of the press.
Investigation, however, revealed that the former funfair and glitz that accompanied the monthly transparency briefing has gone with the winds, as Bayelsans no longer aware about the state of the programme.
According to our findings, nobody knows why this sudden change of tactics by the state government but fillers from government house said that it is not unconnected with the dwindling state of funds in the state.
We gathered that the last monthly transparency briefing was held at the deputy governor’s office with selected media men and few government officials, saying that it is not business as usual.
Our source concluded by saying that “nobody knows when and where the next monthly briefing will hold” as the number of people to attend is drastically slashed.
All efforts to contact the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dickson, Mr. Daniel Markson Oworisuo proved abortive
Governor Dickson of Bayelsa state Monthly Transparency Briefing, which was one of the pillars of his administration has turned to hide and seek game, investigation reveals.
It is said that the governor who initiated the transparency platform after three months of swearing-in during his first tenure, had sent a bill to the state House of Assembly for its approval.
Reports say, the state law makers endorsed the bill and passed it into law, thereby making the governor to brief the people of the state with its current financial standing at every month end.
Governor Dickson has since then, carried out the monthly transparency briefing to give account of the state allocations coming from the federation account including the internally generated revenue and repayments of bank loans and debts incurred by previous administrations.
To this end, hundreds of thousands of Bayelsans commended him for the transparent manner he gives the financial profile of the state funds. At times, he used to invite important personalities from outside the state to attend the show with full glare of the press.
Investigation, however, revealed that the former funfair and glitz that accompanied the monthly transparency briefing has gone with the winds, as Bayelsans no longer aware about the state of the programme.
According to our findings, nobody knows why this sudden change of tactics by the state government but fillers from government house said that it is not unconnected with the dwindling state of funds in the state.
We gathered that the last monthly transparency briefing was held at the deputy governor’s office with selected media men and few government officials, saying that it is not business as usual.
Our source concluded by saying that “nobody knows when and where the next monthly briefing will hold” as the number of people to attend is drastically slashed.
All efforts to contact the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dickson, Mr. Daniel Markson Oworisuo proved abortive
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