The former Governor of Bayelsa State and Senator representing Bayelsa West in the Senate, Senator Seriake Dickson, has admonished the 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 the conferment of the Transparency in Leadership Merit Award on him by the Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness, said the transparency law put in place by his administration in Bayelsa State ensured probity and accountability in the handling of the account.
According to him, from February 14, 2012, to February 14, 2020, when he served as the governor of Bayelsa State, not a dime was taken from monies meant for the eight local government councils in the state from Federation Account.
He said, “ 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 the financial autonomy of the local government councils.”
Source: The Punch