The Bayelsa state Governor-elect, Chief David Lyon has 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.
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 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.”
Lyon in his speech also noted that though the challenges before the APC and the incoming administration are 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,” he said.