Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has warned cultists to renounce their membership or be prepared to spend 10 years behind bars.
Governor Dickson gave the warning at the State Executive Council Chambers, Government House, Yenagoa, while assenting to seven Bills presented to him by the State House of Assembly.
The Governor, who noted that by the signing of the Secret Cults (Prohibition) Law 2012, all cult groups in the state have been proscribed, warning that anybody convicted will serve 10 years imprisonment without an option of fine.
He said any landlord who allows his building to be used for meeting by cultists, will, on conviction, forfeit such building to the state.
Governor Dickson, however said any cultist who is prepared to renounce his membership, would be declared free of any complicity and given protection by the state.
Speaking on some of the other Bills, Governor Dickson said the “Bayelsa State Income and Expenditure Transparency Bill 2012”, along with the “Bayelsa State Fiscal Responsibility (Amendment) Bill 2012” is intended to levitra vs viagra to entrench transparency and accountability in the business of governance and also place at the doorstep of the people, the right to inquire about any aspect of the government of the day.
The Governor said with the passage of the Transparency Bill into Law, the eight Council chairmen are expected, like the executive arm of government, to render account of stewardship, including the state of finance of their local government areas, to the people.
Hon. Dickson, who noted that the “Local Government Amendment Law 2012” was intended to streamline the administration of the local government system, said no political appointee is expected to be a signatory to any council account.
The Governor, who lauded the members of the State House of Assembly for the expeditious passage of the Bills, called on them to strengthen their over-sight functions so that the executive arm as well as the local government functionaries would be kept on their toes.
Speaking while presenting the Bills to the Governor, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Konbowei Benson said the members of the House had to put in extra hours to pass the Bills because of the spirit of oneness and co-operation.
He said, as partners in progress, the legislative was willing to work with the executive.
The other Bills presented by the Assembly, include the Bayelsa Administration of Small Estate (Payment of Exemption) Bill 2011; Bayelsa Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (Establishment) Bill 2012;
Bayelsa State Government and Local Government Compulsory Savings Bill 2012 and the Bayelsa Thanksgiving Day Bill 2012.