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How Bayelsa Governor Lavished N4 Billion Pension Fund On Miss Nigeria 2013 Beauty Pageant

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How Bayelsa Governor Lavished N4 Billion Pension Fund On Miss Nigeria 2013 Beauty Pageant

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July 22, 2013 – How Bayelsa Governor Lavished N4 Billion Pension Fund On Miss Nigeria 2013 Beauty Pageant

Despite dwindling oil revenues that have drastically impacted Bayelsa State as well as N4 billion pension liabilities, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa has just lavished public funds on a beauty pageant that was supposed to be the private affair of the Murray-Bruce family in Yenegoa.

This is despite the governor saying recently said that the sponsorship of entertainment awards by the state government was not in the interest of the state’s oil-dependent and consumption economy. SaharaReporters has also gathered that the state currently has a pension liability of about N4 billion, which compelled pensioners to stage a public protest a fortnight ago.

The justification for the policy summersault to permit expending state resources to fund a beauty pageant in a state where basic social amenities are non-existent is unclear, especially coming from Dickson, who claims to run a prudent and transparent administration.

It would be recalled that earlier this year, the Bayelsa Government had to embark on a fundraising dinner to raise part of the sponsorship funds for the African Movie Academy Awards hosted by the state.

Observers of developments in Bayelsa said that beauty pageant sponsorship may be a form of patronage for Mr. Ben Murray-Bruce, the Chairman of the organizing Silverbird Group who contested the gubernatorial election with Dickson two years ago.

“The show was packaged to assuage the carnal lust of the political class and this is very sad development from a government that pledged to deviate from the culture of waste of public resources by previous governments,” an analyst said. “How can a state where there is endemic poverty and no public water supply and be wasting billions of Naira in sponsoring a beauty pageant where the elites will simply spend one night watching nudity and nakedness of young girls.

Asked Ephraim Johnson, a resident of Yenagoa, the state capital, “Is this the way he will develop the state? It is rather shocking that while the masses are struggling with refuse heaps and crying for basic infrastructure, the politicians are spending the commonwealth of the state on trivial things as beauty pageants.”

The beauty contest itself was marred by irregularities as the organizers, perhaps rewarding the government sponsorship, manipulated the results in favour of the Bayelsa contestant. Her performance in the interview segment before the live audience was abysmal and clearly inferior to that of the runner-up.

The development drew jeers from the crowd while fans of Miss Omo, who was declared runner up, left the hall in droves.

[Report by Sahara Reporter New York]

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. 2kool

    July 22, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Nawa ooo!

  2. iron bar

    July 22, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    he should be made to account for the money..silver bird always sponsor such event

  3. Amaka

    July 22, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Ds one nw na official grlfrnd,shameless n wicked pple.

  4. Yusuf

    July 23, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Which one is better: watching peoples daughter’s nudity or early marriage?

  5. Dave

    July 23, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    Shut ya a**holle up Aboki

  6. adeshewa olanrewaju

    July 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    none of them is better

  7. Sophie

    July 23, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    WOW!
    This is sad. Really coming from a state which indeed lacks basic infrastructural facilities.
    At times I wonder why we have selfish individuals in power. They come in camouflaging interest of the citizens and end up enriching their pockets with funds meant for development of the states when they get into power.
    We need liberal leaders!
    God help us……

  8. Roger

    July 23, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Because is from Sahara reporters gullible Nigeria are belieivng them, those wicked satanic journlist call Sharia reportes can’t set Nigeria of fire. This pure lie, only gullible people will believe this evil junk journalism of Sahara reporters.

  9. desphobia

    July 24, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    this stupid man knows his state is the highest indebted state still, sorry for his poeple

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