Senator Dickson Calls On Governors To Be Transparent With State/LGs Joint Accounts

Senator Dickson Calls On Governors To Be Transparent With State/LGs Joint Accounts

…As Coalition of CSOs honours him with Award

By Chinedu Echianu in Abuja    

Former Governor of Bayelsa State and Senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial District, Senator Seriake Dickson has admonished Governors of the 36 States of the federation to be transparent in the handling of States and Local Government Councils Joint Accounts.

Dickson who made the call at the National Assembly in Abuja Friday after being confered with a Transparency in Leadership Merit Award by the Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness, said a Transparency Law put in place by his administration in Bayelsa State, has ensured probity and accountability in handling of the State/LGs joint account.

According to him, from February 14, 2012 to February 14, 2020 when he served as Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, not a dime was taken from monies meant for the eight local government councils in the state from the Federation Account.

“Instrumentality of law used to drive transparency on the joint account, was Transparency Law enacted in 2012 upon assumption of office and strictly adhered to by all parties concerned as far as the account was concerned.

“The transparency law was a template set in Bayelsa State for exercising financial autonomy of the local government councils. Apart from not taking a dime from federally allocated monies to any of the local government councils in Bayelsa State under my leadership as Governor, 15% of internally generated revenues by the State, was on monthly basis, given to the LGs for grassroots development.

‘”The law is also being adhered to by the present government in the State, making one to say that Bayelsa State is not one of any state where the joint account is being abused.

“Having ensured transparency in governance in Bayelsa State within the last ten years, I urge the governments of the remaining 35 States in the country, to put in place transparency law as required mechanism of handling the States/LGs joint accounts”, he said.

He dedicated the award conferred on him to all the key players of restoration government he led in Bayelsa State from 2012 to 2020.

Earlier in his remarks while conferring the Transparency in Leadership Merit Award 2022 on the Senator, the Director General of the Coalition, Dr Nwambu Gabriel, said the transparency briefing law enacted by the Governor Dickson led administration in Bayelsa in 2012 which has been strictily adhered to by the subsequent administration with it’s attendant good governance to Bayelsans, made him the worthy awardee.