By Simon Utebor, Yenagoa
Bayelsa State has said the incessant litigations against Governor Douye Diri’s administration is hampering development.
Commissioner for Information and Orientation Ayebaina Duba, who spoke after the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting on Thursday, lamented that the numerous suits against the Diri-led administration were intended to distract, inconvenience and slow down the wheel of development.
About 45 Non-Governmental Organisations, under the aegis of Bayelsa Non-Governmental Forum (BANGOF), filed a suit against the government for its finances and borrowings.
Duba said the state recognised the constitutional rights of the NGOs to sue the government, but the court actions were nothing more than fishing expeditions, distractions and a drain on the state’s lean resources.
He said: “Whereas the appropriate response will be made by the state’s lawyers, we wish to note that these sorts of suits, which are nothing more than fishing expeditions, distractions and a drain on the lean resources, will not be helpful in our quest to build a prosperous and united Bayelsa.
“This is yet another episode of a well-established but unfortunate pattern of over 12 litigations which have amounted to nothing more than judicial harassments and disturbances that this regime has been subjected to…
“It is difficult to evade the conclusion that opponents of this government, having failed to unseat Diri through frivolous suits, have purposed to distract and inconvenience it and prevent or slow down the wheel of development.”