I’ve never tampered with LG funds — Dickson

Governor Seriake Dickson

The Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has said he has never tampered with funds meant for local governments in his state since assumption of office.

The Special Adviser to the governor on Political Affairs, Mr. Fred Agbedi, in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Friday  said Dickson’s administration had never asked any local government to make financial contributions to any programme or activity carried out by the state.

He said, “When people say the state government is tampering with the local government account, it is not true. The Bayelsa State  does not tamper and does not deduct money from the local government account.

“We all know that local government in the previous administration participated in mobilising people for one political office or the other but this government does not do that.  For whatever activity the state government is organising, the state government takes the financial responsibility and not the local governments.

“The state government has nothing to do with the funds that are accrued to the local governments. The council chairmen have confirmed that and the governor had also said so.

 “We are in democracy and we believe that we will have all types of criticisms, some may be constructive while others may not be. Some people are feeding Bayelsans with wrong information and out of ignorance, people believe. The truth of the matter is that even at the local government level, some chairmen who have just being returned to office and sworn in by the state government and the judiciary, have problems with their councillors.”

He added that Dickson’s administration holds monthly meetings where the governor discloses to the people what the state receives every month.