Group accuses Diri of deceit, says Bayelsa govt claimed project executed by TETFUND, others

Yenagoa—A group, APC Integrity Group, has accused the Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, of deceiving Bayelsans by claiming to execute projects in the state that were neither started nor completed by him.

In a statement signed by its Spokesman, Mr. Fred Ayabowei on Monday, the group expressed shock that the Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was cajoled by Diri to take part in what they called a cheap gimmick to deceive Bayelsans.

The group stated that one of such projects is lecture halls in the Bayelsa Medical University executed by a federal government agency, TETFUND, which the governor commissioned as one of his projects during his second anniversary celebration.

The group maintained that the project was initiated and started by the Late DSP Alamieyeseigha’s administration as part of the 500-bed hospital.

The APC Integrity Group added that though the project was not completed during Alamieyeseigha’s tenure, Chief Timipre Sylva in his time completed the 500-bed hospital project.

The group stated that similar projects in the same institution like the diagnostic center, hostels, and staff quarters which the governor claimed as his projects were all undertaken and completed by the Seriake Dickson’s administration in partnership with TETFUND.

The statement further cautioned Governor Nyesom Wike and others from making comparisons between past and present administrations in the state, stating that making such comparisons without being grounded in the things of the state is the height of deceit.

According to the group, “other projects the Governor did very little or nothing but took credit for are; the Onopa Bridge, which was 100% completed by former Governor Seriake Dickson and ready for commissioning on the 13th of February 2020.

“The Nembe Unity Bridge was initiated and about 85% completed by former Governor Timipre Sylva, the Yenagoa Transport Terminal at Igbogene, which was built by former Governor Seriake Dickson.

“The Yenagoa-Oporoma Road, the Ikoli bridge, the Judge’s Quarter in Yenagoa, which was even commissioned by Dickson in the last days of the previous administration.”

The statement also accused Diri of violating the Public Procurement Act by refusing to disclose the cost of contracts he has awarded so far since ascending office, alleging that the act may be deliberate to cover probable fraud and misappropriation.

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