States should manage ecological fund, says Diri

Africa Press-Nigeria

Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has advocated the management of the funds for ecological challenges in the country by states and not the Federal Government in Abuja.

He expressed worry over the current situation where the ecological fund was managed in Abuja by people that know little or nothing about the ecological problems of the states.

Diri spoke at Government House, Yenagoa, when he hosted members of the House of Representatives Committee on Ecological Fund.

A statement on Saturday by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as expressing appreciation to the committee for the visit, saying Bayelsa State needed sufficient ecological fund given its numerous environmental challenges.

He described the ecological committee of the House of Reps as germane to Bayelsa given the fact that the state was below sea level and had many ecological problems.

Diri said, “I appeal that if we want this country to develop, then we have to sit up as legislators so that at the end of the day, the executive arm will know that there is an arm of government that has been given that responsibility to oversight and ensure that there are checks and balances.

“These ecological issues are actually in the states but ecological funds are in the centre and managed by people who do not know anything about the ecological problems. So when we talk about the ecological problems we have in our states, they do not understand.”

 

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