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Bayelsa: Furoebi Akene Named In ₦2 Billion Contract Fraud



A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Hon. Sunday Frank Oputu has described as “treacherous” the allegations of high debt profile against the past administration of Gov. Seriake Dickson by the former Commissioner of Lands, Surv. Furoebi Akene in a leaked viral telephone tape in the state.

The 15 minutes telephone conversation between the former Commissioner of Lands, Furoebi Akene and the immediate past Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, which went viral on the social media bothers on allegation of high external debt burden by successive administrations in the state.

Hon. Sunday Frank-Oputu, while reacting yesterday to the development, described the allegation of Former Commissioner Furoebi Akene as full of treachery, selfishly motivated and filled with inaccuracy.

According to Frank-Oputu, though every Bayelsa Indigene has the constitutional right to question activities of government and advocate good governance, the claims of the former Commissioner, who served under the same administration is characterized with selfish motives and anger against those who purportedly Stopped him from benefits while serving as a public office holder.

He said that the former commissioner was bitter that he did not execute contracts while in office which according to him is absurd.

”It’s quite unfortunate Akene has continued to display this character. The people of Bayelsa know him; he believes he’s smarter and more intelligent than others when he was made commissioner in the early days of Dickson’s government”

“He questioned the integrity of the Former Land Commissioner during the administration of the Dickson.

“For the records, I must advise our people not to take the claims of the former Commissioner serious.

“He was given a job, to construct a road from his community, Funibiri through Eneware, obololi Ekebiri to join the Ayama axis of the road being constructed by the State.

“The project was awarded to the former Lands Commissioner by the NDDC when Dr. Tarila Tebepa was the Chairman of the commission . The first payment made was N2 billion and subsequent payments were made. To the surprise of all, Akene went and bought a locally made dredger and took it to his community where they brush somewhere with hands not even with bulldozers. They just brushed, cleared a road and then poured some sands and that’s the end of the road till today.

”A man who could deny his people, access to road does not have any moral ground to challenge any leader. If he had done that road, people would have seen him as an agent of development.

“His failure to do that critical road leading to his community, shows that Akene is an agent of underdevelopment. There is a popular saying that Nobody will do a road to your community, except the people from that area are eager for development.

“Akene is supposed to be the one who should have taken that job to ensure that the road was constructed and implemented to the letter but he refused.

“The records are there. People can go and check the funibiri, Enewari, obololi Ekebiri to Ayama road. This is the worst thing that has happened to the people of Boma because if that road was constructed I believe all the speed boats from our communities, would have been stopping at Ofunibiri rather than going to Yenagoa.”

He also accused the embattled Former Commissioner, Furoebi Akene, of alleged intolerance against the former Surveyor-General of the Federation, Awudu. People can recall that Surveyor Akene and Surveryor Awudu, who later became Surveyor-General of the federation, were school mates. Sadly, when Awudu was made Surveyor General of Bayelsa state, it was Akene who stampeded him out of office with false protest and harassment. “

” The Governor tried to settle the two of them but Akene said he would never work with Surveyor Awudu who had been surveyor general since 1997 until Akene was made commissioner. Nobody ever heard that sands were dropped in the Surveyor General office until Akene became commissioner.”

“There were a lot of stories from the surveryor general’s office every week. There was a time salt was poured round the whole of the surveyor general’s office and Akene blamed it on the Surveyor General alleging that he was the one doing charms.

“By and large, when the man saw what was coming, he went to the governor to seek transfer of service from Bayelsa to the Federal”

“Eventually, the man, with the help of some friends, went to the federal and became the Surveyor General òf the Federation!

On the high debt profile, Hon. Sunday Frank-Oputu faulted the former Commissioner over the claims that the administration of Governor Seriake Dickson was the most indebted in the State.

“On the issue of the debt burden, Akene lied. When Sylva took over from Dr. Goodluck jonathan, the debt burden on the state was N86 billion and we had N20 billion Naira shares in oceanic bank bought by Goodluck administration”

“But the debt burden was N86 billion. If people could remember, George fente addressed a press conference and gave these facts that were there. When Sylva took over, we all know that Sylva took some loans. In fact there was one that was resisted by so many stakeholders of Bayelsa state, when he wanted to take one hundred billion naira from the capital market. A lot of stake holder wrote to the then vice president and president that he should not be allowed but, he was given and several other loans, were taken.”

“Before Sierake Dickson came into office, the debt burden on Bayelsa was over a hundred billion.

And if they are finding it difficult, let them look at the financial report by Timi Alaibe, Okoye Committee which was set up to look at those issues.

“So as far as am concerned, he’s economical with the truth and that all the claims made by surveyor Akene are false because we know what happened.

“Akene should not deceive himself that Bayelsa people don’t keep records. The records are there and the issues are before the public for everybody to know

Source:- Leadersng



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