'Mismanagement Cause of Discontent in N/Delta
18 Aug 2006
Author: Segun James
A governorship aspirant in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, has attributed the crises in the creeks of the Niger Delta to discontentment arising from political mismanagement by successive state governments.
Sylva who stated this in Yenagoa yesterday when he formerly presented himself to the people as a Peoples Democ-ratic Party (PDP) aspirant in Bayelsa State said that the present political leadership in state had nothing new to offer the people.
Consequently, he said the failure of the state government to guarantee the basic needs of the people had made a change of guard imperative for the state to make progress.
According to the aspirant, the major reason for the underdevelopment of Bayelsa was because that successive government in the state, particularly in the last seven years, had failed to develop the human resources of the state.
Sylva lamented that what government had been doing was to share the resources of the state among a few individuals, contending that funds that were required for development were being stashed away in foreign accounts by senior government officials.
This, he said, had forced the youth who had been marginalised to take to such crime as hostage taking.
"Hostage taking is now an enterprise and the situation is getting worse. It is because government was taking the problem from the wrong end by doling money to the boys that they have now taken it as a business venture," he said.
Saying it was unfortunate that there was nothing to show for the billions of naira received monthly by the state from the Federation Accounts, he called for more purposeful governance, adding that unless the resources of the state were applied to public use, the people will remain poor and restive.