Bayelsa Governor-elect, David Lyon, set to probe Gov. Dickson, inaugurate APC 59-members transition council

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The Bayelsa State Governor-elect, Chief David Lyon yesterday inaugurated the 59-members Transition Council set up by the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state, urging the committee to scrutinize the accounts of the Governor Dickson’s administration.

According to David Lyon, the transition Council must develop and identify failures of the outgoing administration but also proffer possible solutions to tackle the economic, security, development, infrastructure and the several other areas that often put the machinery of government in the negative.

Lyon also set out a 12 points term of reference for the committee including the close monitoring of the Governor Seriaje Dickson dealings with banks and financial institutions and scrutinise Bills passed into law within the past 4 years.

Among other terms of reference are for the committee to interface with the out-going Administration for purposes of a smooth hand-over/take-,over and receive hand-over documents from Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

‘To analyse hand-over notes and identify, prioritize important or urgent issues confronting the in-coming Government, to review and preliminary assessment of the balance sheet of government with particular emphasis on, check the Status and liabilities of Government and the Cash flow position of the Government including specific x-raying on relationship with all banks and financial institutions’

‘To check the quantum of Public Domestic and External Debt of Government and their deployment, Government’s outstanding contractual obligations and its ability to meet such obligations, status of implementation of capital projects, status of Budget Performance (especially the Current Budget) and status of IGR and Taxes’.

‘Provide brief on civil service reforms carried out in the past seven years; workforce of core Ministries, Departments and Agencies; recruitment/career appointments made and staff disposition records for the past four years and provide brief on pension funds Administration; note record of outstanding indebtedness on payment of gratuity and allowances to pensioners.’

Chief David Lyon in his speech also noted that though the challenges before the APC and the incoming administration is enormous, ‘No doubt, there are enormous challenges facing us as a people. Some of you here have witnessed these challenges before and may have, in your heart, been thinking of what you would do to address them if given the opportunity.’

‘Some others are here to contribute fresh ideas towards addressing the issues before us. We have often talked about the failures of the outgoing government and its inability to solve the problems bedeviling our state.’

‘The onus now lies in us to bring to bear those solutions that we have, for long, kept in our hearts. You must have in mind that the task before us is enormous and must, therefore, bring your utmost best in proffering solutions to our numerous challenges.’

‘It is often said that the true test of a man’s character is when you give him power. It has fallen on you, ladies and gentlemen, not just to find and identify failures of the outgoing administration but also proffer possible solutions to tackle the economic, security, development, infrastructure and the several other areas that often put the machinery of government in the negative.’

‘This, we must do to regain the confidence Bayelsa people have reposed in us.It has fallen on us to protect the health of those without wealth and to seek solutions to insecurity, which has continued to threaten our right to life.’

‘This is a duty that you must discharge with dignity, determination and distinction for which you are widely admired. I thank you all so much for showing up for this great state assignment. I can’t describe how fulfilled I feel when we connect as one for a greater purpose. I mindfully took this path and to this day I have had no course to regret.’

‘Your charge is contained in the document given to you immediately after my remark. It gives me great pleasure to be part of this history. History is more than what is left by the past. It influences the present and can shape the future.’

He also pointed out that the size of the transition committee is made up of a group of people with common dreams and ideologies as members of our transition committee, These are carefully selected vibrant leaders of Bayelsa State who share common pains, aspirations and goals.’

‘Leadership is upon us now, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, and expectations are high, we cannot afford to disappoint our people.You will recall that When I received the certificate of returns, I clearly indicated that we have entered into a contract with the people of Bayelsa State’.

‘This is our first test to prove our people right in the choice they made in the November 16th 2019 election. No doubt, there are enormous challenges facing us as a people. Some of you here have witnessed these challenges before and may have, in your heart, been thinking of what you would do to address them if given the opportunity.’

‘Some others are here to contribute fresh ideas towards addressing the issues before us. We have often talked about the failures of the outgoing government and its inability to solve the problems bedeviling our state.’

‘The onus now lies in us to bring to bear those solutions that we have, for long, kept in our hearts.You must have in mind that the task before us is enormous and must, therefore, bring your utmost best in proffering solutions to our numerous challenges’.

‘It is often said that the true test of a man’s character is when you give him power. This, we must do to regain the confidence Bayelsa people have reposed in us.It has fallen on us to protect the health of those without wealth and to seek solutions to insecurity, which has continued to threaten our right to life.’

‘This is a duty that you must discharge with dignity, determination and distinction for which you are widely admired.I thank you all so much for showing up for this great state assignment. I can’t describe how fulfilled I feel when we connect as one for a greater purpose. I mindfully took this path and to this day I have had no course to regret.’

Speaking, the Chairman of the Transition Committee and Former acting Governor, Werinipre Seibarogu, thanked the Party and the Governor-elect for the opportunity to serve and vowed to fulfil the terms of reference handed the committee.

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