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Bayelsa governor launches probe into palliative diversion amid allegations of greedy politicians

Senator Douye Diri Orders Investigation Into Misuse of Food Items Meant for Ward Distribution in Bayelsa State

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Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has taken a decisive step by ordering an investigation into the alleged diversion of palliatives, intended to alleviate the impact of the removal of petrol subsidies within the state. The directive was issued during an executive council meeting at Government House, Yenagoa, following reports of individuals diverting essential items meant for each of the state’s 105 wards.

Governor Diri, expressing his concern, condemned the actions of those accused of diverting palliatives, urging the Secretary to the State Government, the Coordinator of the State Community Safety Corps, and the Acting Chief of Staff to collaborate with relevant bodies in identifying the culprits. The state government had procured additional food items to supplement the federal government’s allocation of five trucks of rice per state.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, Governor Diri highlighted the importance of selflessness among politicians, emphasizing the need for fair and transparent distribution of resources to the grassroots. He thanked his cabinet for their efforts during the November 11 governorship poll and expressed gratitude to Bayelsans for their support.

The governor, in no uncertain terms, warned against misconduct in the distribution process, stating, “Anyone found wanting will face the wrath of the law, particularly those that are appointees.” He underscored the significance of a thorough investigation into the distribution of both rice and maize, emphasizing the need for accountability and transparency.

Addressing the opposition, Governor Diri called for a concession of defeat, asserting his legitimacy and confidence in defending his victory through legal means. He cautioned against acts of terrorism and intimidation, emphasizing a commitment to maintaining peace in the state.

Diri concluded, “We have come of age. You cannot terrorize anyone in this state. Non-state actors will not be allowed to intimidate and terrorize state actors. The strategy to win an election is not to go for guns. But it is to appeal to our people if you want to lead them.” The governor’s stance reflects a commitment to upholding democratic principles and ensuring accountability in governance.

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