Bayelsa: Governor Duoye Diri gets N2.9Bn car loan despite owing salaries

The All Progressive Congress (APC), in Bayelsa state has criticised the State Assembly over the approval of N2.9Bn car loan for Governor Duoye Diri.

Doifie Buokoribo, the state publicity secretary, made the position of the APC known during a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The state Assembly speaker, Abrahama Inogbere, had earlier explained that the  car loan have a three year tenure from commercial banks.

Inogbere added that the loan was to purchase operational vehicles for the governor, his deputy and other top government officials.

Buokoribo while reacting described the approval as insensitive, adding that the government was yet to meet the obligations of civil servants and pensioners.

He said, “The decision of Sen. Diri to take a bank loan of N2.9 billion for the purpose of buying “operational vehicles for the governor, his deputy and other top government functionaries is regrettable.

“Coming less than three weeks as governor, this move is unsympathetic. Sadly, the Bayelsa State House of Assembly has approved the loan request.

“Diri is taking the loan at a time when civil servants and pensioners in the state have not been paid.

“This is a continuation of the frivolities of the PDP government of Dickson; a major reason the people of the state roundly rejected them at the poll.

“This cannot be the government that the people of Bayelsa State deserve. It cannot be the government the people voted for.

“in the hearts and minds of our people, he is illegitimate. He was not the one they voted for.

“He will bear the burden of illegitimacy throughout his tenancy at Creek Haven, Government House, Yenagoa.”

The Stare Assembly had in 2017 approved N3Bn loan for Ex-governor Seriake Dickson.

it was met for purchasing of cars for himself and the 24 lawmakers.