A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Chief Perekeme Richard Kpodoh, has attributed the slow pace of development in the state to the abandonment of the plan drawn by experts after its creation in 1996.
In a statement, Kpodoh said after the creation of Bayelsa, some experts gathered and produced a plan for the state’s development.
He noted with regret that the plan was not followed through as successive leaders and governors pursued selfish agenda.
Kpodoh, who served as security adviser to former governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, said the self-centredness displayed over the years by successive administrations was the reason for the endemic poverty, hopelessness and underdevelopment despite the rich resources in the state.
He said: “We were lucky to have the late General Sanni Abacha, who created the state. When Bayelsa state was created, some technocrats came up and drew a blueprint for the development of the state, unfortunately governors did not follow that developmental plan, they dumped it. All they are doing in Bayelsa state is guess work.
“Therefore, we started failing when we shunned a development plan; when governors refused to implement reasonable manifestos and when unprepared persons were handpicked to become governors”.
Kpodoh, stated that governorship candidates were fond of making fake and unfulfilled promises even when they knew they had no plan to achieve them.
“When they want to come into power, they will make promises that can’t be achieved. The governors don’t even have a developmental plan to justify their major areas of concentration in terms of development.
“For instance, when you want to build a new house, you must first get your structural drawing and the house plan before you start building. But in Bayelsa state, the reverse has been the case, we don’t have a developmental plan”, he said.