Monday, 26 March 2012

NATIONAL CAKE? Sacked officials escape with 200 government vehicles

The new governor of Bayelsa State in South-South Nigeria, Seriake d*1*ckson, has raised the alarm over the disappearance of over 200 government vehicles believed to have been taken away by sacked aides of former governor Timipre Sylva.

Mr d*1*ckson who decried the looting of government property including kitchen utensils and window blinds announced in Yenogoa, the state capital, stated his administration’s resolve to recover every item stolen by political aides of his predecessor.

To this end the new governor has set up a Vehicle Recovery Committee charged with the responsibility of recovering all government vehicles and property in the custody of former political office holders in the oil-rich state.

According to Mr d*1*ckson’s spokesman Daniel Iworisuo-Markson, over 126 political appointees in governor Sylva’s administration have failed to return the vehicles in their possession since January 27, 2012 when they lost their jobs, following the sacking of Mr Sylva as governor by a Supreme Court judgement.

Following Mr Sylva’s exit, an acting governor had been sworn in pending the conduct of a fresh election that brought Mr d*1*ckson into office.

But barely a week in office, the new governor had cried out that he inherited an empty treasury and a huge debt profile which he said had mortgaged future developments in the state.

The empty treasury had been discovered following an audit panel that scrutinised the expenditure of Mr Sylva’s administration.

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