The Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta, MOSIEND, in Central Zone has expressed displeasure over the actions of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly – for giving approval to the State Government to obtain the sum of 17 billion Naira as loan.
The Chairman of the Zone, Taribolou Ogboriyo, while briefing newsmen in Yenagoa on the development, described the action of the lawmakers as painful and untimely, especially as Bayelsa has been classified among the top five poorest states in Nigeria.
He stated that there is lack of developmental projects in the state 9 months after the present administration came onboard, maintaining that the House of Assembly is largely responsible for the indebtedness of the state; as they always give approval to every executive bill sent to the House without scrutiny.
Taribolou, who warned that such rubber stamp moves by the House of Assembly would be resisted henceforth, maintained that the Prosperity Government has borrowed close to 30 billion Naira since inception, and also called on Governor Douye Diri to refrain from such borrowings; as there is no justification for the loans.
His words, “First of all, we are very displeased over the actions of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly – for approving the loan sum of 17 billion Naira which was requested by Governor Douye Diri for reasons best known to them.”
“MOSIEND frowns at this because it was ill timed and not in the interest of the people of the state. We want to put it on record that the Bayelsa State House of Assembly is to blame for the indebtedness of Bayelsa, because they always approve every executive bill sent to the house.”
“Since the Prosperity Government came on board, we have not seen any sign of development except the minor work going on at Tombia Junction, and several monies have come into the state within this period of nine months that this government came into power, yet, this has not translated into development.”
“It is very sad and painful that, having this in mind, the Bayelsa State House of Assembly would still give the go ahead to the state government to borrow more money.”
“We are not happy about this, and we want this Bayelsa State House of Assembly to take note that any more of such rubber stamp demonstrations would, henceforth, be resisted by MOSIEND and the Izon nation. It is obvious that they don’t have the interest of Bayelsans at heart, and we will not accept it.”
“This government, in less than 10 months, has borrowed about 30 billion Naira, and has also received the sum of over 90 billion Naira as federal allocation – with nothing to show for it.”
“We also call on Governor Douye Diri to desist from such attitude of borrowing because, in the end, it is Bayelsans that will suffer for it. This government does not have any reason to borrow because there is nothing on ground to justify such borrowings,” he added.